|Terrified: Three men who've endured bush style police brutality.|
|All too familiar: we have seen police do this before.|
Photos of the brutality meted out at one drug raid have gone viral with the Police Commissioner promising a thorough investigation after seeing the evidence of his men's heavy handed treatment.
The photos as posted here, show three men with blood on their faces, shirtless and clearly scared.
In one picture, two of the men are lying on the ground with their hands tied behind them. All three of the men are doused in what looks to be white flour. In a later photo, one of the two men is no longer wearing a shirt. One of the soldiers is clearly armed.
It's understood the raid was a joint operation conducted by the army and police, called Operation Cavuraka.
The pictures were first posted by two i-taukei boys in Australia and the United States.
In a statement, Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho claims he was unaware of the operation and the brutality.
A statement attributed to him yesterday says he doesn't condone any abuse of powers by officers and action will be taken against those who do it:
I have been alerted about the photos circulating on social media regarding the alleged misconduct of officers who are part of Operation .
I can assure members of the public that I have ordered a thorough investigation be conducted to determine what took place.
During an earlier visit to the Operation team in , I had stressed the need to respect the rights of suspects and any reports indicating otherwise will be dealt with accordingly.
I do not condone any of my officers abusing their powers and necessary disciplinary action will be taken against those who do.
BRIGADIER GENERAL SITIVENI QILIHO
COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
Fiji authorities will hate being reminded about it but these pictures bring back the terror and brutality used by police and army officers on prisoners in recent times.
Few will have forgotten the 9 minute, 11 second video showing the terrorising of 24 year old Iowane Benedito, ann incident which both Frank Bainimarama and former police minister, Ioane Naivalurua, tried to protect the perpetrators.