DPP’s Office unaware of consultations with police regarding charges laid against the Labasa bus driver

DPP’s Office unaware of consultations with police regarding charges laid against the Labasa bus driver

By Shanil Singh
Tuesday 17/05/2022

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions says they are unaware of any consultations with the police in Labasa and has not sanctioned any charges against the bus driver.

The DPP says they await the police file on this matter and review any charges in due course.

In a statement earlier today, police had said that the officer who was seen assaulting a bus driver in Labasa yesterday has been suspended following a directive given by Police Commissioner, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho while the driver has been charged.

They say further comments will be issued once the internal investigation is completed.

Police had also said that the bus driver has been charged with one count of failure to give name and address and one count of serious assault.

They had said that the charges were sanctioned following consultations with the Director of Public Prosecutions Office in Labasa.

When questioned about the statement released by the DPP, Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro says their earlier statement stands.

Meanwhile the bus driver, Elvin Mani appeared in the Labasa Magistrates Court today and has been released on bail.

Mani’s lawyer Ami Kohli also told court that they will be filing a case against the police officer for assault.

The case will be called again on July 26th.



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