Fiji Police to suspend 12 officers without pay following escape of remand prisoners

Police commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho during the press conference on police crime stats of 2017. Picture: RAMA

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho. Picture: FT FILE/RAMA

TWELVE Police officers are expected to be directly interdicted and suspended without pay from today pending investigations regarding how the five remand prisoners escaped from the Suva Courthouse cell block on Tuesday.

This has been confirmed to Fiji Times Online by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Brig-Gen Qiliho has highlighted that some officers at the court house failed to follow the standard operating procedures when it came to escorting a remand prisoner from the cell block to the their different court rooms for their cases.

He added they were investigating the matter at hand and whether the standard operating procedures were being followed by the officers.

It was also stressed by the commissioner that when there was a shortage of officers at the cell block given the number of remand prisoners, officers could always call on to the special units for assistance.

He has also encouraged officers to call him directly if their request for assistance was not being adhered to by their superiors.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said it would be helpful if the judiciary implemented a Skype system to hear cases to avoid any incidents of escapees.

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