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Qiliho: Traditional forgiveness can go ahead, but cases need to be reported

The Fijian traditional or religious process of seeking forgiveness or ‘Veisorosorovi’ after doing an act which is wrong can go ahead, however, the incident must be reported to police. Commissioner of Police Brigadier- General Sitiveni Qiliho made the comments after recent investigations into the Mere Ailevu’s case in Deuba revealed that the suspect’s mother had […]

Peni Shute

April 2, 2016 11:00 am

The Fijian traditional or religious process of seeking forgiveness or ‘Veisorosorovi’ after doing an act which is wrong can go ahead, however, the incident must be reported to police.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier- General Sitiveni Qiliho made the comments after recent investigations into the Mere Ailevu’s case in Deuba revealed that the suspect’s mother had been engaged in the traditional process of seeking forgiveness or through the religious means of apologizing.

Speaking to Newswire,  Brigadier- General Qiliho said the traditional process will not deter the force from investigating cases.

Traditional ‘Veisorosorovi’, the function of veisorosorovi or religious forgiveness that can go ahead we don’t have anything against it that is for them to do but the law needs to take it’s force, they can do that part but these people need to go through the court process and be accountable of what they have done.

That will no way impact our investigation, we will continue to investigate this incident and we will start to produce people in court, if they want to do that, that’s their business but it has to be reported and it must be must be investigated and later produced at court.

Brigadier- General Qiliho said it is unacceptable and cases need to be reported.

It can not be swept under the carpet, and such as otherwise all cases won’t be reported otherwise we will have something worse in our hand.

I discussed it with one of my senior officers whether those who sweep these things under the carpet also accomplishes through the crime because they know that it happened and they are keeping quiet, so we looking at that now it has become a subject of discussion of us now with my senior staff on how to deal with this so that it doesn’t happen again, it has to be brought to our attention.

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