Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fiji Military to Pay Man for Torture

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, February 12, 2010

The Military will now have to pay $63,000 to a man who was assaulted by police officers and soldiers in Naitasiri, at the height of the insurgency in 2000.

This was after the Court of Appeal dismissed the Military’s appeal against the orders of compensation made by Justice Jitendra Singh, two years ago.

Justice Singh had ordered that the Military pay $45,000 to Taito Navaulaba for general damages for pain and suffering and another $18,000 for exemplary damages as a result of injuries he sustained.

Navaulaba was suing the Military for the assaults he suffered at a temporary military camp set up at Wainavau in Naitasiri in 2000.

He was arrested for having committed murder and robbery but he told the court that he was tortured and hospitalized for more than a month as the result of his injuries.

The Court of Appeal also ordered the Military to pay Navaubula another $3000 in costs.

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