Friday, October 12, 2007

Did Commissioner Teleni reveal confidential information?

A very peculiar development in the case of Navy officer Percy Kean,( brother in law of Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama ) who is charged with murder.


Justice Gerard Winter, a High Court judge who has the case of murder against Percy Kean before him has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions asking the DPP to investigate Commissioner Esala Teleni for attempting to pervert the course of justice.


The matter arose after Percy Kean applied that Justice Gerard Winter remove himself from hearing the case because the judge did not support the military takeover and would therefore be biased.


To everyone's surprise, Mr Kean had in his possession a confidential letter written by the Police Commissioner Teleni to the Permanent Secretary for Justice and Solicitor General.


This letter was a highly confidential document that was only for the attention of the PS for Justice and the Solicitor General.


How did Mr Kean obtain such a confidential document?


And even more disturbing, if the allegation that Mr Kean and Commissioner Teleni had conspired together to make this document available to Mr Kean, isn't this an outrageous abuse of office?


At the moment there is no tangible or documentary evidence to indicate how Mr Kean got the letter. Both Mr Kean and Mr Teleni are ex-Navy officers, close confidantes and according to sources who did not wish to be named in fear of reprisals, very close friends.
This incident raises some very disturbing questions. The nail in the coffin for Fiji's judiciary would be the Police Commissioner, whose duty it is to uphold the law without fear or favor, conspiring with a defendant in a murder case to obtain a judge sympathetic to the defendant.

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