6 Jun 2018

Mystery surrounds human rights agency corruption probe in Fiji

1:09 pm on 6 June 2018

Fiji's anti-corruption agency says it won't divulge information regarding who or what is being investigated at the country's Human Rights Commission.

Fiji Human Rights and Anti Discrimation Commission Director Ashwin Raj..

Fiji Human Rights and Anti Discrimation Commission Director Ashwin Raj. Photo: RNZI

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption, known as FICAC, will only confirm that a search of the commission's offices was conducted on Friday.

The commission's director, Ashwin Raj, has told the Fiji Sun "no one is above the law".

In a statement to the paper after the raid, he said public office holders had to be held accountable at all times and subjected to scrutiny.

Mr Raj said his office would facilitate FICAC's investigations.

"No one is above the law.

"The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission will facilitate the preliminary independent investigations conducted by FICAC without any obstruction to ascertain if there is any veracity to the allegations levelled against the Director," the paper reported.

FICAC has declined to answer questions from RNZ Pacific about what sparked the enquiry, the focus of the probe and whether any charges are likely to be laid.