The United Kingdom has 'UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION' over a small number of serious offences, including TORTURE, which means a person accused of committing these crimes in another country can be brought to justice in British courts. A private prosecution can be brought in universal jurisdiction cases. It is open to any individual to initiate criminal proceedings by applying to Westminster Magistrates Court in London for a summons or an arrest warrant. The court must simply be shown some information that an offence has been committed by the accused, and it does not need to decide that there is a realistic prospect of conviction - The Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom
“He (Sitiveni Qiliho) covered my face with his spitting and slapped me around to the point of breaking my glasses. He told me that if I did not leave by the first flight the next day (to Australia) my family would have to fetch my body from the morgue."
The distinguished Professor Brij Lal
"Lt Col Qiliho also responsible for [torture of] Prf Brij Lal in the cell, abused, slapped him, spat in his face and stomped on his glasses.
Brij will never forget his FACE!!"
Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, the former RFMF Chief of Staff,
28 July 2011
The Petition to the Royal College of Defence Studies in London
Amnesty International report will attest to the claims. A leading Fijian professor residing in Australia describes how Qiliho tortured him at the barracks:
“He (Qiliho) covered my face with his spitting and slapped me around to the point of breaking my glasses. He told me that if I did not leave by the first flight the next day (to Australia) my family would have to fetch my body from the morgue.’
There are a host of other documented evidence against him and the abuses he perpetrated against his opponents. In 2015, Australian government intervened and denied him a visa to study for a year at the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra.
He then became Police Commissioner, appointed by military strongman and prime minister Frank Bainimarama, and has continued to abuse the regime’s opponents.
Now, he has disclosed that he is shortly coming up to London to take up a study at the prestigious British military academy, the Royal College of Defence Studies.
We urge his offer to study to be rescinded and he be informed that like Australia, the Royal College of Defence Studies is no longer welcoming a prominent human rights abuser to their London study academy.
SIGN PETITION BELOW:
AUSTRALIA ANSWERED PRAYERS IN 2015: The former Australian Prime Minister Julie Bishop had denied him study visa, for his murky human rights record, including spitting and slapping Professor Brij Lal at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in 2009. He had been detained by the military over criticism of the post 2006 coup Interim Government's decision to expel Australian and New Zealand diplomats. Professor Lal was one of the authors of the 1997 Constitution which the military regime abrogated in 2009 when the Fiji Court of Appeal ruled that the post-coup administration was illegal. Both Professor Lal and his wife Padma Lal remain banned from their native Fiji Islands indefinitely.