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AG tells Corrections Officers to stop the assault and belittling of prisoners

AG tells Corrections Officers to stop the assault and belittling of prisoners

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Sunday 12/02/2023
[Photo: Fijian Government]

Attorney General and Minister for Justice Siromi Turaga has urged the Officers from the Fiji Corrections Service to stop the assault and belittling of prisoners that are under their care.

Turaga says some information he has received is that this has happened before while some are still happening now.

He says those under their care have already been found guilty under the law, and Corrections Officers are not supposed to impose their own penalties on these people when they are sent to prison.

He further says this is not right under the law.

The AG says all prisons in the world are supposed to follow international standards, and Fiji should not fall below that standard.

He says there are cases where some prisoners have died in the hands of Correction Officers, and those charged always say that they were following orders.

Turaga told the officers that God gave them the brain to know the difference between good and evil.

He also reminded the Officers that the coalition government is the people’s government and not a government for a particular race or belief.

The AG also called on Officers to support and respect their Commissioner.

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