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Qiliho: Photos are old and no way linked to ‘Operation Cavuraka’

The Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has confirmed that the photos circulated on social media are old and not linked to the ongoing ‘Operation Cavuraka’. Media reports reveal that the photos were taken in 2009. In a statement, the Commissioner said the photos are no way linked to the ongoing ‘Operation Cavuraka’. QILIHO: “I […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 13, 2016 10:01 am

The Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has confirmed that the photos circulated on social media are old and not linked to the ongoing ‘Operation Cavuraka’.

One of the several photos that were circulated on social media. (Facebook)
One of the several photos that were circulated on social media. (Facebook)

Media reports reveal that the photos were taken in 2009.

In a statement, the Commissioner said the photos are no way linked to the ongoing ‘Operation Cavuraka’.

QILIHO: “I can now confirm that the photos circulating on social media is in no way linked to the ongoing Operation Cavuraka and are in fact old photos.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho said an investigation is still underway.

QILIHO: “However as I had stated yesterday we will still be conducting an investigation with regards to the claims made about the alleged mistreatment of those seen in the photos.”

He said no further comments will be made until the investigation is completed.

‘Operation Cavuraka’ consisted teams of officers from the Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) who were tasked to raid marijuana farms in the highland of Navosa with more than 44,000 plants uprooted during the operation.

The Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho hasĀ ordered that a thorough investigation to determine the alleged misconduct of officers who are part of ‘Operation Cavuraka’.

The photos circulated on Facebook show some of the people tied up and some carrying visible injuries.

In a statement, the commissioner said that he has beenĀ alerted about photos circulating on social media.

QILIHO: “I can assure members of the public that I have ordered a thorough investigation be conducted to determine what took place.”

“During an earlier visit to the Operation team in Keiyasi, I had stressed the need to respect the rights of suspects and any reports indicating otherwise will be dealt with accordingly.”

(Facebook)
(Facebook)

Brigadier-General Qiliho said he in his capacity as the Commissioner of Police would not tolerate the abuse of power by police officers

QILIHO: “I do not condone any of my officers abusing their powers and necessary disciplinary action will be taken against those who do.”

There is no confirmation whether the photos were taken during ‘Operation Cavuraka’.

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