25 Jan 2016

Fiji PM reminds forces to follow law

2:28 pm on 25 January 2016

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has reminded Fiji's police, military and prison officers to always follow the law when dealing with criminals.

He told a gathering of members of the forces at a religious service on Sunday their challenge was to deal with criminals resolutely but without compromising their own humanity.

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama speaking to disciplined forces in January 2016

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama Photo: Supplied

Mr Bainimarama says laws that protect the accused also protect the security forces.

He said they also ensure people aren't wrongly convicted and that the forces can descend into the world of the criminal and emerge with their goodness and humanity intact.

The prime minister says all three forces play a major role in ensuring the safety, security, defence and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.

He said they have different functions, but they work together to weave the strongest possible web of defence against criminality, whether home-grown or from abroad.

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