Responding to a second attack on a Fijian businessman and whistle-blower, Amnesty International said:
“This is the second time that Rajneel Singh, a Fijian businessman who had alerted the authorities to politically sensitive computer files, has been attacked by men dressed in police uniforms in less than a year. This alarming development is the latest in a series of allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by the Fijian police,” said Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.
“The authorities must ensure that Rajneel Singh, his family and lawyer are effectively protected from any form of violence and intimidation, and that the recent attacks against him are promptly investigated.”
In a climate of impunity, complaints against Fijian police and security forces are rarely investigated or prosecuted effectively.
Rajneel Singh’s lawyer has said that there is a video apparently showing the attack at the hands of the Fijian police. A police jacket was left behind at the scene.
The Fijian police have said that they are investigating the attack.
Rajneel Singh, an internet cafe owner, was first attacked in November 2015, after he discovered computer files that included purported plans to destabilise the government. Rajneel Singh has said that he alerted the authorities to the computer files, only be assaulted by them.