#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: BREAKING - Fijilive journalists arrested

Sunday, May 10, 2009

BREAKING - Fijilive journalists arrested

Fijilive journalists Dionisia Turagabeci and Shelvin Chand are spending their second night at the Central Police Station in Suva, for allegedly contravening the Public Emergency Regulations.

They were taken into custody at 3pm on Saturday, for their reports on the release of members of the security forces jailed for killing three men (in separate incidents, in early 2007.

The men were Nimilote Verebasaga - killed in January 2007; Nadi teenager Sakiusa Rabaka killed in February 2007 and Tevita Malasebe, in June 2007.

A soldier was convicted for murdering Verebasaga. Eight of nine soldiers were convicted for killing Rabaka and three police officers were found guilty for killing Malasebe at Valelevu Police Station.

All were jailed for manslaughter instead of murder.

Sources have told Coupfourpointfive police arrived at the Fijilive office in Suva, a few hours after a story on the release of the convicted killers appeared.

They ordered the story be pulled immediately and demanded to know who had written the article and authorized its positioning on the website.

Shelvin Chand was the reporter on duty and Dionisa Turagabeci the desk editor.

Chand, a former radio journalist, and Turagabeci - who previously worked for the Daily Post and Islands Business - were arrested and detained in separate cells at Central Police Station.

Coupfourpointfive believes the Fijilive management has not been able to talk with the two journalists.

Concerned relatives have also been prevented from talking to them.

Relatives say they are being given conflicting reports from the police about when the pair will be released.

Coupfourpointfive has been told that an officer told relatives that both journalists have been charged for contravening emergency regulations and will appear in the Suva Magistrates Court tommorrow.

The officer said that legal representation can only be approved by Commissioner Esala Teleni or Director Operations, Waisea Tabakau.

Another officer told relatives detained reporters will be questioned by Tabakau tommorrow.

The families are worried the pair may have been interviewed without legal representation and claim Fijilive is keeping quiet on the issue.

Fijilive's managing director, Yashwant Gounder, is believed to be overseas.

4 comments:

  1. We at da hot dog stand see the bad things army and da police do at night in front of our stand. isa poor rabaka we want da truth. we try to make a good living but this govenment corrupt. We are strugglin but we are always pray for justice but there is evil. us common people will rise with god.

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  2. That is funny the stand is where all the street kids hang out and some party goers get robbed. And who ever is corrupt, how did you land that space when all the BBQ people are at the library? Is it paid for and why aren't you moved like the rest? Interesting to find out.

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  3. it is sad if the police and army are not doing their jobs in protecting the citizen...it seems that they own and ill treat people...when ever they want...this is what i think of them...uneducated crack heads that needs to go back to school and get a real education so that they may better serve the citizens.

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