The PDP condemns the violent force used on Vilikesa Soko resulting in his death. There is absolutely no reason or excuse to justify such brutal force used by the so called disciplined forces. Our sincere condolences go out to the family of the deceased.
The Death Certificate clearly shows the use of brutal force and demonstrates that officers involved in this case need mental assessment and treatment. Only a lunatic would met out such treatment to another human being.
The PDP calls for a full independent investigation into this case as soon as possible and the report be made public. This is the 11th unexplained death in Fiji and no one responsible has been taken to task. The Prime Minister constantly talks about all the citizens being equal in Fiji. How is it then that the laws should not apply to some while others with lesser serious crimes face the full brunt of the law? It is evident in this case that military officers were also involved as they were present in the Court case for the second defendant charged with the deceased.
The public needs answers to this tragic death. The Commissioner of Police owes the family of the deceased and the public of Fiji an apology for making false and incorrect accusations against the deceased giving excuses that the deceased was ill and did not take medication regularly. The Death Certificate clearly indicates injury and brutal force was the cause of death. It is time the Commissioner gets to work and stops his holiday here in Fiji. The people of Fiji deserve better.
The PDP demands an answer from the Government which has been mum over this issue. Will the Prime Minister continue to stand by his men who were responsible for the deaths of the last 10 people who lost their lives in a similar way? Will the Prime Minister also stand by his men in this case? The people deserve answers. This behavior is barbaric and must be condemned by all. The Prime Minister has much to answer for.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
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President: Lynda Tabuya General Secretary: Aman Ravindra-Singh
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