Friday, March 14, 2014

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).  

Understandably, 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.    

According 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 Low." 

High-threat is the second highest level on the Department's threat scale.  

Seemingly, for the benefit of  US citizens, the responsible Regional Security Officer (RSO) should update the criminal threat through 2014.