24 Sep 2019

Fiji police send PM's alleged assault file to public prosecutor

3:57 pm on 24 September 2019

Fiji police have been directed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to further investigate allegations of assault against Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Frank Bainimarama and Pio Tikoduadua

Frank Bainimarama and Pio Tikoduadua Photo: AFP and CC BY-SA 4.0

Mr Bainimarama was accused of assaulting Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua outside Parliament on 9 August.

The Fiji Times newspaper reported a letter by police was delivered to Mr Tikoduadua yesterday.

He was advised that the file was sent to the Office of the DPP but had been returned with a direction to further investigate the matter.

Police have said they will only update the complainant on the case and not the media.

Mr Tikoduadua was suspended without salary for six months on 6 September.

He refused to apologise to Mr Bainimarama for making a personal attack on the prime minister in the House.

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