Alleged beating: Father seeks justice

Atunaisa Mocelutu relates his son's story in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI.

ATUNAISA Mocelutu, 60, is seeking justice for his son who he claims was allegedly assaulted at the Suva Remand Centre last week.

The father claims his 20-year-old son was allegedly punched on the head and face by correction officers after contraband were found on him.

Mr Mocelutu said he questioned his son’s status when he noticed visible injuries on his body and he was limping to court.

“My son and all those people in that remand centre are humans and they have rights.

“I am also calling on families whose relatives are at the Suva Remand Centre to speak out.

“Fiji wants to have a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council, but people are being brutalised here at home and the question is what the authorities are doing about it,” the Suvavou villager claimed.

“I am calling for an independent investigation into this matter and for the authorities to take this matter seriously.”

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the victim’s father had lodged a report with police on the 12th of this month.

“We are investigating the matter before us and liaising with the Fiji Corrections Service,” she said.

Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj said they had also attended to the issue.

“I can confirm that we have visited the victim and the commission is attending to his case,” Mr Raj said.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Corrections Service did not comment on the matter when contacted yesterday.

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