The Fiji Police Force yesterday confirmed the questioning and release of Island Business director, Netani Rika, in regards to an online article published about the Magistrate Andrew See.
Magistrate See had ruled in the case of some Air Terminal Services workers who were on strike in Nadi for about a month.
Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said while Mr Rika was questioned and released, the magazine’s managing director, Samisoni Pareti, and journalist Nanise Volau, were still being questioned.
Fijian Media Association general secretary Stanley Simpson later posted online that Mr Pareti had been released.
Ms Naisoro said investigations into the matter were still in their early stages and could not comment further.
Chief Justice Anthony Gates labelled the Island Business news article which claimed Magistrate See’s contract had been terminated as ‘mischievous’.
Chief Justice Gates rubbished the claim and said Magistrate See’s contract was renewed last year and was neither up for renewal yet nor terminated.
Meanwhile, at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Suva yesterday, lawyer Richard Naidu, Mr Pareti and Ms Volau were seen outside the CID Office at Suva St, Toorak.
Mr Naidu did not wish to comment on the matter.
According to a post on the Islands Business Magazine Facebook page it stated that Mr Rika was being questioned by Police over an online article published by the magazine.
Mr Rika was taken from his Suva home about 10.30am by three detectives, it said.
“Police are interviewing him under caution at CID (Criminal Investigations Department) headquarters, Suva Street,” said the Island Business post.
“The article is understood to involve a Lautoka-based magistrate.”