Pacific Media Watch

6 March 2013

FIJI: Viral 'horror' torture video prompts Fiji Times editorial

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Responses to the controversial video apparently showing the Fiji torture of two handcuffed prisoners by plainclothes security forces. Image: Cafe Pacific

AUCKLAND (Cafe Pacific / Pacific Media Watch): Amnesty International has called for an independent and transparent investigation into the Fiji assault of two prisoners by apparent plainclothes security forces as a public outcry climbed over brutal torture scenes portrayed in a leaked video.

The global human rights organisation said torture was unacceptable under any circumstances and those responsible for the shocking scenes on the video should be brought to justice.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said in a press conference in Suva yesterday that the force was disturbed to see the video of what appeared to be the abuse of two men understood to be recaptured prisoners.

But added that they were not the fugitives who escaped from Naboro Prison last year.


Fiji Times EDITORIAL by Fred Wesley

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

AS police investigate the circumstances surrounding a video that shows a group of men brutally assaulting two handcuffed men, a lot of questions will emerge ...

Full editorial and story links on Cafe Pacific

The video on YouTube - WARNING: Graphic violence images

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