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March 5, 2024, 10:13 am
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3 policemen amongst 5 charged with evidence tampering in meth case

Fiji TV Team
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Any police officer found guilty in a court of law has no place in the Fiji Police Force.

Acting Police Commissioner Juki Fong Chew said this after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions sanctioned charges against three police officers and two civilians for their alleged involvement in the tampering of evidence, namely methamphetamine, at the Totogo Police Station in Suva.

The Acting Police Commissioner said the three police officers have been charged with one count of Interfering with Evidence, Contrary to Section 37 of the Illicit Drugs Control Act 2004.

It was alleged that between February 9-10, 2024, the trio unlawfully interfered with methamphetamine seized during a police operation.

alongside the three policemen, two civilians have been charged with one count of Aiding and Abetting Interfering with Evidence, Contrary to Section 45 of the Crimes Act 2009, and Section 37 of the Illicit Drugs Control Act 2004.

It was alleged that between February 9-10, the duo, being party to the offence of interfering with evidence, aided and abetted the unlawful interference of the seized methamphetamine.

All five accused persons will also face an additional charge of Conspiracy to Defeat Justice, Contrary to Section 191 (b) of the Crimes Act of 2009.

It was alleged that between February 9-10, 2024, during the course of an investigation, the five conspired and disposed of methamphetamine seized during a police operation.

All five will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today.

Acting Police Commissioner Mr Chew reiterates that all reports received against police officers will be investigated, and due process will be followed.

He says he is committed to removing officers involved in corrupt practices, as there is no place in the force for officers who will bring disrepute to the organization.