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9 officers plead not guilty in Vilikesa Soko case

The nine police officers charged in relation to the death of Vilikesa Soko in 2014 have pleaded not guilty before the Lautoka High Court today. Manasa Talala, Seruvi Caqusau, Kelevi Sewatu, Penaia Drauna, Filise Vere, Viliame Vereivalu, Jona Davonu, Pita Matairavula and Senitiki Natakasavu are charged with rape contrary to section 207 of the Crimes Decree 2009. […]

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March 1, 2016 2:00 pm

The nine police officers charged in relation to the death of Vilikesa Soko in 2014 have pleaded not guilty before the Lautoka High Court today.

Manasa Talala, Seruvi Caqusau, Kelevi Sewatu, Penaia Drauna, Filise Vere, Viliame Vereivalu, Jona Davonu, Pita Matairavula and Senitiki Natakasavu are charged with rape contrary to section 207 of the Crimes Decree 2009.

In addition, Manasa Talala and Viliame Vereivalu are also charged with defeating the course of justice by instructing other police officers to make false statements.

The case was called for mention at the Lautoka High Court before Justice Aruna Aluthge.  The State’s application to revoke bail was withdrawn by leave of the court.

The matter has been adjourned to 18 April 2016 for both parties to agree on Admitted Facts. Bail has been extended to all accused.

Earlier Story (February 8, 2016)

The nine police officers charged in relation to the death of Vilikesa Soko in 2014 have been suspended from the police force, Acting Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho announced today.

Qiliho made the announcement at a special press conference following a meeting earlier today with the Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde.

Pryde announced Friday that officers Manasa Talala, Seruvi Caqusau, Kelevi Sewatu, Penaia Drauna, Filise Vere, Viliame Vereivalu, Jona Davonu, Senitiki Nata-kasavu and Pita Matairavula of the RFMF face additional sexual offence charges.

Qiliho told the media the police officers would receive full pay while on suspension.

He explained said the officers had been reinstated because of the work they were doing on 30 cases.

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