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Qiliho says police are capable of investigating torture claims

The Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said his men are capable of investigating police officers and soldiers involved in the alleged torture of some men during a drug operation in 2009. This is after Amnesty International called for an independent investigation into photographs of men with injuries allegedly caused by the security forces. In a […]

Luke Nacei

July 14, 2016 2:36 pm

The Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said his men are capable of investigating police officers and soldiers involved in the alleged torture of some men during a drug operation in 2009.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

This is after Amnesty International called for an independent investigation into photographs of men with injuries allegedly caused by the security forces.

In a press conference today Mr Qiliho said they were still continuing with investigations and therefore are trying to confirm the exact dates the incident took place.

QILIHO: “An investigation are ongoing to see what transpired that time and there is two sides to that stories and we are looking at it holistically on how the situation was handed  back then. There was a commissioner of police here that time who worked through that operation and when we get that information we will call the necessary press conference for us to release that information but at the moment we are still going through that process.

Qiliho stated that the raid in the photos was not associated with the current Operation Cavuraka as it had happened some years ago around 2009.

He said military personnel who were currently involved in the raid are armed for precautionary measures.

QILIHO: “Yes we have armed military personnel’s with us in operation Cavuraka. I work you together with the military first its our facility we’ve had violent reactions against the police in the past during drug raids in terms of boggy traps, and also the use of cane knifes and spears against police and we cannot rule out the use of firearms as well.”

Qiliho confirmed that police officers are leading the operation Cavuraka drug raid and not the military officers.

QILIHO: “So yes they are armed and it is for protection purpose and no way they are leading the operation the police are leading the operation when it comes to searches they are their.”

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