15 Oct 2020

Fiji police officers investigated over robbery suspect's death

4:17 pm on 15 October 2020

Fiji Police are investigating their own officers over allegations of assault against a robbery suspect who died shortly after police arrested him.

Rusiate Tudravu.

Rusiate Tudravu. Photo: Supplied/Fiji Govt

Police said Mesake Sinu had allegedly jumped from the building and sustained serious injuries.

They said Sinu and an accomplice were disturbed by the occupants of the home in Nadi on Monday.

Sinu was rushed to the Nadi hospital, but died several hours later, police said.

However, the Fiji Times reported a post-mortem examination had ruled out Sinu's death was linked to jumping out of a building.

The Times said Acting Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu, had ordered an internal investigation into Sinu's death.

Tudravu also said those responsible would be charged and produced in court.

Police said Sinu's accomplice had been arrested and was in police custody.

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