Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fiji: the police murder again

Since the 2006 coup and their takeover by the army, Fijian police have murdered three people in custody by beating them to death. Now they've killed again. Back in July, convicted robber Josefa Baleiloa escaped from prison. In the course of his recapture, police beat him into unconsciousness, and has spent the last two months on life support in a Suva hospital. Now he has died, another victim of Fiji's culture of police brutality. Despite promising an investigation at the time of the original assault, none seems to have been conducted, and the military thug in day-to-day control of the police seems to be impeding the investigation. But now that Baleiloa has died, it looks like the police will finally be forced to act, and hold their own to account.