7 Mar 2013

Former Fiji PM says regime won't tolerate independent probe of abuse video

7:56 pm on 7 March 2013

A former Fiji Prime Minister says the Government will not order an independent investigation into the a prolonged beating of two men, recorded on video and released on the internet.

The government has refused to comment on the video, except to say that police are investigating, despite calls for an independent investigation.

Mahendra Chaudhry says abuses of this kind have been happening for a long time, but behind closed doors.

"I don't expect the government to agree to an independent investigation. These things are carried out with their full knowledge, and of course, a number of times, the officers who harass or intimidate people admit that these are done from orders from the top. So, you can not expect anything from the regime in Fiji."

Mahendra Chaudhry says the international community needs to take a serious look at what is happening in Fiji.