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FCS officers disciplined over privacy breach

The Fiji Corrections Service has taken immediate and decisive disciplinary action against officers responsible for the unauthorised release of photographs of former Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho inside a corrections facility.

Commissioner Dr Jalesi Nakarawa said that they have identified and disciplined the officers involved in this serious breach of privacy.

Dr Nakarawa said all officers have been reminded that individuals sentenced by the courts retain their rights to privacy as provided in the constitution.

He said the actions taken against these officers reflect our commitment to upholding these rights and ensuring that such incidents do not recur.

In addition to the disciplinary measures, Commissioner Nakarawa has issued a strict directive prohibiting the entry of cameras or gadgets with cameras into correctional institutions by visitors.

“No photos of inmates should be taken or released without proper authority. This policy is crucial in safeguarding the privacy and dignity of all individuals in our custody.”

Dr Nakarawa said the incident involving the Qiliho has highlighted the need for stringent oversight and enhanced security protocols within FCS facilities.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and are working diligently to restore public confidence in our system. The privacy and dignity of every individual in our care is paramount, and we will not tolerate any actions that undermine these values.”

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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