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Torturers Identified

May 14, 2013

The first of the renegade police and army officers who beat and tortured Iowane Benedito has been identified and named as SANITA LAQENISICI.

Laqenisici is the man wearing the red tee shirt in the 9 minute video, which shows Benedito and a man accused of harbouring him during his escape,being bashed by a team that included police, army and Corrections officers.

Police intel have given his badge number as PC 3453.

The man in blue (pictured below) is yet to be formally named but sources say he’s commonly known as ‘FILI’ and works as a back up driver and in intel for Bainimarama.

Sources say the ute seen in the video, with the licence plate number FL541, is a police task force vehicle previously used by the director of CID, which was then given to the drugs team and then the Strike Back Team of Fiji’s commissioner of police, Ioane Naivalurua. 

C4.5 readers will recall the Strike Back team was used by Naivalurua last year to capture the five Naboro Prison escapees.

Readers will also recall the prisoners ended up inhospital with severe injuriesOne of them was sexually brutalised with the barrel of a gun while another had his leg broken and yet another had his face covered with a cloth and hot water thrown on him.

Naivalurua had told the 40-strong Strike Back Team group at the time, ‘Dont rest until all of them are caught’. 

See links below for our coverage last year.

Strike Back Team activated to find Naboro escapees
Police lie about beating to Naboro escapees 

Source –   Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink*
    May 14, 2013 9:29 PM

    An order which is unlawful does not need to be obeyed and obeying such an order can result in criminal prosecution of the one who obeys it and those who gave the orders.Making punishment to fit a crime is a job for the judges alone. When were the military and police personals given these tasks? No they were not. Their jobs were to hunt the escaped prisoners down and arrest them when they are found. Unless, however, if there were certain orders from the top to arrest and torture. Then those orders, being unlawful in nature, do not need to be obeyed as it will result in criminal prosecution for those who obeyed and those who gave it, that is in a true democracy where no one is above the law.

    Rusi Varani

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