7 Mar 2013

Fiji says abusers in videoed beating are security personnel

7:55 pm on 7 March 2013

The Fiji police have revealed that the people seen beating two tied-up prison escapees in a video released on Tuesday are Fijian security personnel.

This has been confirmed in a police statement, which however makes no mention of any arrests.

The nine-minute recording shows a group of men abusing two individuals and also shows the licence plate of a pick-up truck, on which one of the tied-up men was beaten and stripped.

The new police statement says they reject calls for an independent investigation into the beating.

This comes shortly after the government's spokesperson, Sharon Smith Johns, said the government would not be responding to calls for an independent investigation.

The police say it is normal practice for any government around the world to conduct its own investigations into such matters.

The police say they will issue no further statement until the investigation is complete and its findings are released by government.