Strike Back police officers used the $7000 found on the escaped prisoners to party and beat the officer who got the jump on where the escapees were because he gave the information to military officers
|Escapees: Capture caused fallout|
Police Commissioner Iowane Naivalurua had activated the Strike Back team based at the Ready Action Unit in Makoi to go all out to capture the five prisoners.
‘Dont rest until all of them are caught,” was his reported order to the 40-plus men.
Sources reveal, though, that it was the hard work of a Police Intelligence Officer based at the Central Police Station who got the first lead that the escapees were on the island. The information was given to him by a taxi driver. What happened after that is now part of a police inquiry.
It is alleged that the officer, known only as Tony took this information to the Military, rather than inform his Strike Back team.
The Military subsequently led the assault on the island.
|Searching near Uduya Island where escapees were found.|
In a stange twist of events, which is now also being investigated, the Strike Back team clearly defied the orders of the Police Commissioner of 'Dont Rest Until All Are Caught'.
With a lone escapee still at large, about 15 officers went on a drinking spree on Friday night, allegedly using the money found on the escapees for their night out.
And to make the matter worse, once drunk they labelled 'Tony' a traitor for taking the tip off from the taxi driver to the Military.
At least three Strike Back team officers assaulted Tony inside the nightclub over the issue.
That same Friday night, Tony lodged a police complaint against the three officers.
Where the Strike Back team got the money to party, is now part of an internal inquiry.
Details meanwhile continue to emerge of the shocking treatment of the escapees at the hands of those who arrested them.
We have already revealed that they have all been beaten and hospitalized despite a denial by the regime, and a Ministry of Information statement saying no violene was perpetrated.
Coupfourpointfive has today been told that one of the escapees had the barrel of a gun shoved up his rear and the nozzle kept inside for 3 to 5 minutes. He is bleeding and can't go to the toilet without screaming in pain. Another had a leg broken while another had his face covered with a cloth and hot water thrown on him.
A number of people have said on our Facebook and on this blog that the escapees deserve it but there is no excuse for the brutality. The Goons behind the uncalled for violence should be punished.
MEDIA RELEASE: GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON RECAPTURED PRISONERS
The Fijian Government does not condone the excessive force used in the apprehension of recaptured prisoners who escaped from Naboro Prison on Monday night.
Such incidents are unfortunate and the Government makes it clear that behaviour of this nature is unacceptable. We are investigating the circumstances.
(Please attribute the above statement to the Ministry of Information Permanent Secretary Ms Sharon Smith Johns)