|Isoa Waqa at front right.|
Fiji police have fronted with the last of the Naboro escapees, Isoa Waqa.
He has until now been kept out of public sight at Colonial War Memorial after a severe beating sparking fears he had died.
Waqa appeared briefly in court in Suva yesterday with three of his fellow escapees but the case has been deferred until February with prosecutors saying they need more time.
The prisoner who had his foot amputated, Epeli Qaraniqio, is expected to appear next week.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu, is meanwhile putting it about that Qaraniqio may have been to blame himself for the amputation.
He says they're waiting for the medical report but has let it drop that Qaraniqio is diabetic.
“We are continuing our investigation and we have established that he is a diabetic patient. We have also spoken to his mother who is also diabetic."
Qaraniqio’s foot was amputated at CMW where military medics only have had access to prisoners.
RFMF and police treatment of the Naboro escapees has been widely condemned but controversial. It has also revived interests in other escapees who've died in custody, including David Wise (killed while on the run in 2001), Josefa Baleiloa and Josua Ralulu.
Police have said they are investigating the Naboro recapture but many already doubt the report will be transparent.
|Baileloa's burial. pic Fiji Times|
Investigations were supposedly done for Wise, Ralulu and Baleiloa but it's understood their families never got the findings or satisfaction from the powers that be about the use of excessive force.
Baileloa for example was killed after a beating by 10 officers who used timber and stones. Witnesses said the beating continued after he was unconscious.
From the archives: a blog from Loyal Fijian on the death of Josefa Ralulu
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2008
Josua Ralulu, the "notorious criminal" is dead.
Should we be happy that one of the most "notorious criminals" whose name was taken alongside Alifereti Nimacere and David Wise as the most danegrous criminals of the 80's and 90's is dead ? Or in his death should we look at ourselves and ask how a young man became a criminal and wasted the best years of his life behind bars?
There can be no rejoicing or whoops of "He paid the price for what he did" or "He got what he gave".
Josua Ralulu's story is a tragedy of immense proportions but sadly not one confined to him.
What happened to Josua Ralulu happens to hundreds of young Fijian men and women everyday.
Our jails are filled with Josua Ralulu's.
Young men who are often sent to jail for minor offences like trespassing or drinking in the local park. Once these men are fed into the system, the hungry beast that is our criminal system chews them up and spits out hardened criminals.
There is no way back once you have been "inside". When you come out you are an ex-con. Your friends are ex-cons and you have no job prospects or academic qualifications.
Many do not dare to go back to their villages in shame and so begins a vicious cycle of the criminal.
But, criminals are not born, they are made.
Lets look at Josua.
Josua Ralulu, according to his brother, was happy cutting sugar cane with his friends. And one day someone plied him with alcohol and offered him some money to "do a job".
This someone would turn out to be none other than the wife of Bob Amos, a lady by the name of Prakash Wati. Sound familiar. Yes, we have all heard similar stories havent we? Criminals are made, not born remember! Especially in Fiji. But more on that later.
Anyway, in all likelihood Josua didn't know what he was getting himself into. A simple village boy he jumped at the chance to go for a ride to Suva. He was given more alcohol than he could handle and he was tricked into killing Bob Amos.
Who is the real criminal here?
Is it Josua?
It is the Prakash Wati's of this world!
Rest in Peace Josua, You were wronged. Your grandson will always remember a man who loved him. He will remember you fondly.http://loyalfijian.blogspot.com/2008/07/who-is-real-criminal-rest-in-peace.html