27 Sep 2019

Fijian boy questioned over anti-PM post on social media

6:02 pm on 27 September 2019

A Fijian family is concerned for their safety after their 16-year-old son was taken in for questioning by authorities this week.

The Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at Government House in Auckland

Frank Bainimarama Photo: RNZ/ALEX PERROTTET

The boy's aunt, who did not want to be named, said two men claiming to be military personnel arrived at their home on Monday and demanded to see the teenager.

She said the men, dressed in civilian clothes, told the family the boy was wanted over an alleged post on social media directed at Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

She said her nephew denied the allegation, but the men took him outside and put him in a vehicle.

"They didn't give us any chance for me to ask them what does it regard to. Does my nephew have a right? Can we accompany my nephew? They didn't even give us time to ask them questions. They just took him."

The boy's aunt said the family is seeking answers from the authorities.

Police have refused to comment on the issue.

The military's chief of staff for international defence corporation, Lieutenant Commander Saula Tuilevuka, referred all queries to the army's headquarters in Suva.

Questions sent to the RFMF HQ remain unanswered.