Exclusive information has emerged about the suspicious death of a police officer at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks swimming pool in Suva almost three weeks ago.
Well-placed police contacts say thorough investigations into the death of PC 3410 Opetaia Ratuvono, have revealed that he was murdered at QEB then dumped in the pool three days before his graduation from the military hapkido course.
Sources say PC 3410 Opetaia Ratuvono was staying with his brother (who is a private) at QEB, during the last six months of his hapkido training. But he fell foul of a senior officer and was dealt with.
They say the day before he was killed, PC 3410 Opetaia Ratuvono was last seen attending swimming classes with his group at QEB. After he got out of the pool to go to his quarters, some officers approached him and took him to the military police cells where he was beaten to death. He was then given a substance to disguise the beating, and chucked in the pool.
Contacts say most police officers know that a body only becomes stiff when someone has been dead for a certain number of hours: sources say it is most likely PC 3410's body was dumped into the pool some time after he had been killed, which is why it was upright when it was spotted.
Coupfourpointfive has been told there is a picture in circulation which shows the body was upright when found - not floating as it should've been if he had drowned. The picture also clearly shows marks, scratces and bruises to the face and neck.
Sources say after the body was taken from the pool, it was the army doctor who pronounced PC 3410 Opetaia Ratuvono dead and who concluded he had drowned after taking a certain substance.
It's said the police commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, then gave orders no other post mortem be held and no investigation be conducted.
Sources note, too, that while the army said Ratuvono had drowned while in swimming practice, he didn't have his bag and change of clothes with him.
They also say that before any questions of foul play were even raised, the police spokesman was already on the news stating there was nothing suspicious in the death of the officer.
Ratuvono's death was revealed by the Torture Watch Fiji blog after QEB sources contacted the former 3FIR leader, Roko Ului Mara forcing the regime to respond with a statement.