29 Apr 2015

Fiji police confirm six investigations against officers

1:23 pm on 29 April 2015

Fiji's police commissioner has confirmed there are six separate investigations into police brutality.

Ben Groenewald is visiting the north today, where it is alleged a drug raid earlier this year involved the bashing of a father of three, two taxi drivers, and several farmers.

The education ministry has confirmed that it counselled ten children in the Viani area, as they were crying in school after witnessing the alleged beating of a man.

However Ben Groenewald says the police did not receive a complaint at the time of that alleged incident.

"We only learned about that when we saw news clips, but at that stage, my internal affairs investigations team were already in the north investigating a few other issues and they have taken up the investigation. In fact I am on the brink to have a discussion with my investigating officer to find out exactly what is the status of the investigation."

Ben Groenewald says he is also meeting community groups today as well as the chief investigator for an update.

Fiji's Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald

Fiji's Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald Photo: Facebook