Bainimarama to now be handcuffed during all court appearances

Bainimarama to now be handcuffed during all court appearances

By Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 11/06/2024
Former PM Voreqe Bainimarama being escorted out of court in handcuffs.

Former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will now be handcuffed during all court appearances as a Fiji Corrections Service investigation has revealed that he signed documents on matters unrelated to his detention while attending court.

The Fiji Corrections Service in a statement last night says their investigation has confirmed that Bainimarama signed documents for the FijiFirst Party parliamentarians during a court session, which constitutes a breach of established protocols.

Corrections Commissioner Dr Jalesi Nakarawa says this measure is intended to ensure compliance with security protocols and to maintain the decorum and integrity of the judicial process.

He says the breach that occurred during Bainimarama's court session is unacceptable and they are taking decisive action to address this lapse.

Dr Nakarawa further says they will take disciplinary action against officers responsible for escorting Bainimarama during his court appearance.

He says the incident, which occurred during Bainimarama's court appearance, was thoroughly examined to determine the sequence of events and assess the responsibility of the involved personnel.

Dr Nakarawa says their findings indicate a failure to adhere to the procedural guidelines set forth for the handling of detainees during judicial proceedings.

The Corrections Commissioner says this compromised the integrity of the operations and allowed the breach to occur.

He also says they are committed to upholding the highest standards of conduct and security.

Dr Nakarawa stresses they have a duty to the public to ensure that protocols are rigorously followed and that all detainees are treated with fairness while maintaining strict security measures.

Dr. Nakarawa adds the actions of their officers in this instance fell short of their expectations and their professional standards and they will take appropriate disciplinary steps to rectify this and prevent future breaches.

Huge delay in review of electoral laws – SOE
Supervisor of Elections, Ana Mataiciwa says they have not received any update from the former Attorney General, Siromi Turaga and the Solicitor Gener...
13 hours ago
Increase pay for jobs where there are more women – Dr Bhim
Pay should be increased for those jobs where women are a majority, for example, nurses and teachers. This has been highlighted by FNU lecturer, ...
12 hours ago

Robust enforcement operations and road safety education results in road fatalities decreasing by 45% - Ro Filipe
The robust enforcement operations and comprehensive road safety education and awareness campaigns over the past few months have seen a substantial ...
13 hours ago

NFA investigates 3 fires in the last two days
National Fire Authority investigators have started looking into three fires in the past two days, with one incident Monday resulting in the death of ...
13 hours ago

Students share ideas to combat ocean pollution during Veivueti Kids Ocean Conference
As Fiji is experiencing the impacts of climate change, school children are now taking a step toward conducting awareness and conferences where they ...
15 hours ago

US citizen dies on board Fiji Airways flight to San Francisco
A 41-year-old man from Unites States of America passed away on a flight from Nadi to San Francisco on Sunday morning due to a medical ...
15 hours ago

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Pre-Budget 2024-2025
2023-2024 National Budget Address2023-2024 Budget Supplement2023-2024 Budget ...
15 hours ago

Crisis within FijiFirst relating to the termination of 17 MPs who voted for salary increases
A crisis has erupted within the FijiFirst party relating to the termination of 17 members of parliament who supported the government's motion to ...
1 day ago

Sayed-Khaiyum case on alleged payment of Saneem's taxes without proper approval
It is alleged that between the 30th of June, 2022 and the 12th of July, 2022 in Suva, whilst being employed in the civil service as the Acting Prime ...
2 days ago