Bainimarama supports torturers

TVNZ report:

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he will “stick by his men” if they are found to have been involved in the savage beating and torture of an escaped prisoner.

A nine minute video posted online this week shows two men being repeatedly beaten with poles, as they lie huddled on the ground handcuffed, screaming in agony. …

Sources have told ONE News the men carrying out the beating are army, police and prison officers.

Speaking to , Bainimarama said if that is shown to be the case, he would support their actions.

“At the end of the day, I will stick by my men, by the police officers or anyone else that might be named in this investigation,” he said.

“We cannot discard them just because they’ve done their duty in looking after the security of this nation and making sure we sleep peacefully at night.”

I wasn’t aware their duties included torture?

Hopefully those responsible will still be arrested and charged, despite the views of the Commodore. It would show that no one is above the law.

The Commodore is due to announce in the near future if he will contest next year’s elections. I expect he will. He may find that his support for torturers doesn’t go down that well with the voters.

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