17 Dec 2015

Torture claim lodged with Fiji police

5:20 pm on 17 December 2015

A Fiji lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh has lodged an official complaint about alleged torture involving his colleagues.

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Photo: Fiji Police

FBC News says the complaint was filed with the police in Lautoka.

Two weeks ago, he said in one incident his law clerk was bound and gagged near Nadi and tortured for two hours by what he says were members of the security forces, who were not in uniform.

Mr Ravindra-Singh, who is representing people charged with sedition, also says he was himself threatened on a daily basis.

His decision to make a police complaint comes amid controversy over whether a parliamentary committee is allowed to discuss the alleged human rights abuses.

A committee meeting on the issue was stopped this week at the instigation of the attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who said a complaint must be reported to the police before the matter is referred to any other institution.

A committee member, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, says the speaker approved the meeting but the Fiji Sun says she didn't.

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