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Amnesty International is working to verify graphic and violent video that apparently shows escaped Fijian prisoners being beaten, and is calling on the Fijian government to condemn the use of torture by officials.
One of men in the video is identified as Epeli Qaraniqio – one of five prisoners who escaped from a Fijian jail last year and were eventually recaptured.
The video shows him lying in the back of a ute, handcuffed and being viciously beaten by several people. At one point he is sexually assaulted.
Another man is shown being attacked by a dog on a lead, which grabs hold of his shirtsleeve and drags him along the ground.
“It appears to show sustained and horrific beatings that amount to torture of restrained men who were not resisting in any way,” he says.
Mr Bayldon says Qaraniqio lost one of his legs after he was tortured.
“One of his legs was fractured as a result of the beating and was left unattended to. He didn’t receive medical attention to that and eventually his leg had to be amputated as a result.”
This claim was rejected by the Fijian government, who said the amputation was due to diabetes.
Mr Baylon says the current regime’s history of limiting freedom of expression and controlling the media means it would be hard to have confidence in the outcome of a government-initiated inquiry.
The Fijian government never responded to Amnesty’s open letter, and has not commented on the video.
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