Monday, July 28, 2008

Ratu Epeli orders beating inquiry

Ratu Epeli orders beating inquiry
Monday, July 28, 2008

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Defence Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau
Defence Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau will order an investigation into an escapee being beaten almost to death.

The prisoner, Josefa Baleiloa, was recaptured by police last week and is now fighting for his life at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital intensive care unit after suffering extensive head injuries.

Doctors said it was a life and death situation as Baleiloa was being ventilated undergoing surgery for serious injuries to his head. "I am concerned and want answers on how a human being was treated like that as his life hangs on a thin thread," Ratu Epeli said.

Police allege Baleiloa was armed with a kitchen knife. Ratu Epeli said no one deserved such treatment and he wanted to know how much force had been used.

"Reasonable force is usually determined by police so they should answer how much they used," he said.

Ratu Epeli said he would ask police for details on this today and that such violence should not be tolerated.

Police spokeswoman Ema Mua said she did not know how Baleiloa was injured and who was involved.

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