SUVA, Fiji — At several points during the course of this year Fijian police and governmental officials have been charged with acting beyond the confines of the law. On 26 December, however, Assistant Police Spokesman, Corporal Josaia Weicavu, told Fiji Times reporters that no one is above the law. His remarks came after reporters asked him about an incident involving a police officer beating two children in Suva. Weicavu said that he had not been personally aware of the incident, but that if it did happen that police officials should always follow official rules of engagement.
The incident in question occurred on 25 December, when a police officer exited his highway patrol vehicle outside of the Fiji Visitors Bureau office and proceeded to belt two boys who was standing on the street corner.
When Weicavu became aware of the incident he issued his strong warning that police should not take the law into their own hands and that beating members of the public would not be condoned.
For more information, please see:
Radio New Zealand International — Police officers issued a stern warning — 26 December 2007
Fiji Times — Police: No one is above the law — 26 December 2007