Fiji: Canadian Couple Attacked in Their Hotel Room in Rakiraki, Wife Gang-Raped
According to AFP, a Canadian couple were victimized when three assailants armed with knives broke into their guest-room in Rakiraki tourist on Monday night (March 10), resulting in the husband being assaulted and the wife being gang-raped.
COMMENT: A police spokesperson said a police task-force was immediately established
and ordered to conduct a round-the-clock investigation, resulting in
the arrest of two men on Wednesday (March 12).
the couple fled Fiji as the police investigation continued. Hopefully,
the couple will be agreeable to testifying via video-link from Canada in
order to convict the assailants rather than have them go free.
The Pacific island-nation has been run by a military-dominated
government since a coup in 2006.
Tourism is a mainstay of the economy, attracting about 650,000
visitors in 2012--mostly from Australia and New Zealand--and
generating about FJ$1.3 billion ($793 million) in revenue.
to the US Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), the
criminal threat in Fiji, in 2012, was designated "High" threat on its
four-tier threat categorization system of "Critical, High, Medium and
High-threat is the second highest level on the Department's threat scale.
for the benefit of US citizens, the responsible Regional Security
Officer (RSO) should update the criminal threat through 2014.
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