Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fiji: British Tourist Abducted, Raped in Suva, Rapist Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

According to The Fiji Times, a Fijian, Samisoni Rasiga, now 23,  has been found guilty of abducting and raping a British tourist in the eastern town of Levuka, situated on the Fijian island of Ovalau. Levuka was the former capital of Fiji.

Subsequently, Rasiga was sentenced to ten years in prison after raping the victim in March 2011, while she was in Fiji on an humanitarian assignment as a teacher.

Rasiga was found guilty of three counts of rape after abducting the victim over a period of two hours.

COMMENT: High Court judge Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam said the victim was speaking to her mother on the telephone when she was blindfolded and raped.

The rape only came to light when the accused relayed the incident to a close relative, who in turn told his brother before the matter was reported to the police.

It should be emphasized that the US Department of State has classified the criminal threat in Fiji as "High," which is the second highest level of criminal threat out of four categories (Critical, High, Medium and Low).

Strangely, though, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office describes the criminal threat in Fiji as "low."

Seemingly, the US and British governments see the criminal threat in Fiji as dramatically different.

Rasiga will be eligible for parole after serving eight years in prison.