Eight soldiers and a police officer convicted of killing a teenager in Fiji have been released in weeks after being sentanced to four years and four months in prison for his manslaughter.
Sakiusa Rabaka and two other youths were taken to the Black Rock military base in Nadi where they were detained for eight hours, tortured, stripped, forced to do sexual acts on each other and assaulted.
Sakiusa Rabaka died after his detention.
The Public Prosecutions Office in Lautoka says it is unusual for people to be released so quickly after being sentenced for major crimes.
Following the early release of Frank’s brother in law Francis Kean for manslaughter and his reinstatement as Naval Commander we are told that the killers of not only Rabaka but Verebasaga have also been released from jail under a CSO.
We have also been told that they, like Kean, have been on full pay during the few months of detainment.
This follows the pattern of any criminal associated with the military having special privilages as the Commander shows the rank and file soldier that they above the law and are protected in all their actions
The use of the yellow ribbon program and CSO to override the decisions of the court is corruption plain and simple.
One of the reasons the dictatorship is having problems finding senior judges to appoint because of the decree allowing no legal challenges to any decrees of the President.
The judges are scared they would be seen as puppets of the regime as they realise that the courts would be neutralised with any contraversial cases having a decree issued before the case came to court.
This can only be classified as Government sponsored corruption.