David Shearer has opened his mouth and spouted more nonsense about Fiji and human rights.
Radio New Zealand reported:
The New Zealand Labour Party says it will raise the Fiji police’s closure of an investigation into alleged beating and torture of prisoners by security personnel at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on Thursday.
A nine-minute video released on the internet last year shows a handcuffed man being beaten with batons and metal bars by men in plain clothes with one man being set upon by a dog as its handler urges the animal on.
The Police Chief of Operations, Rusiate Tudravu, confirmed the case had been closed but declined to explain what prompted the police decision.
Labour’s spokesperson for foreign affairs, David Shearer, says the contents of the video and the closing of the case are travesties against basic human rights and action must be taken.
“It’s appalling that they’ve just closed the investigation. If the Fijians want to be seen as a democratic player in upholding human rights, these sorts of reviews need to be seen through to their conclusion, and we need to have recommendations and people brought to account.”
There is a massive problem with that story, from Shearer’s point of view and for Radio New Zealand in reporting it.
It is flat out wrong as you can see from reporting at Fiji Village.
The investigation into the alleged brutality video case has not been closed as Fiji’s Police Commissioner Major General Ben Groenewald confirmed to Fiji Village today.
The Police Commissioner has today revealed that the investigation regarding the alleged brutality video posted online remains under investigation.
Major General Ben Groenewald said earlier comments by Police that the matter was closed referred to advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions concerning possible charges against the person responsible for uploading the video.
He stresses that no final decision has yet been made relating to other allegations concerning the video.
Groenewald said once the investigation is complete the file will be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision.
Police Chief of Operations, ACP Rusiate Tudravu had earlier said that the case is closed and he will not make any further comments.
Also what Radio New Zealand and David Shearer forget is that these ratbags who the Police apprehended had previously escaped from Suva Prison and went on a rampage robbing, assaulting and destroying property fro over a week.
They were violent thugs who caused a great deal of fear and anguish in SUva while on the run.
If they got a bit of a tickle up in the back of a ute then very few Fijians especially those in Suva would have cared very much at all.
- Radio New Zealand, Fiji Village