The man from a village in Vanua Levu died a week-and-a-half ago in hospital from injuries he sustained in the attack. He was arrested, it is understood, in one of the military's drug raids in his village in the east of Vanua Levu.
It is understood the man suffered injuries to his chest and abdomen in the assault.
Intelligentsiya obtained this information days after the man died and has been trying to independently verify the death with the man's family but communication with his village is difficult.
We are withholding the man's name and village until it is confirmed by relatives although the details have been verified by various sources including civil society groups.
His death brings to four the number of military-related deaths.
More details will be posted as confirmation comes in.
The interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has rejected claims by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon that human rights abuses are being tolerated by the military and interim government.
Sayed-Khaiyum, as reported on Legend FM, said McKinnon’s comments were misleading as the “alleged” cases of human rights violations were being investigated.
The Fiji Human Rights Commission has confirmed it is investigating the death of Sakiusa Rabaka, the 19-year-old who died on February 24. Sakiusa was assaulted by soldiers and a policeman in Nadi after his arrest on January 28 on marijuana-related suspicion.
FHRC director Dr Shaista Shameem said Sakiusa’s mother had lodged a complaint against the military last week but she would not reveal any further information pending the investigation, Legend FM reported.
Shameem says the military is investigating 20 reports of human rights abuses, adding that the police are also investigating some cases and were consulting with the Director of Public Prosecution on whether to bring charges.
Since the December 5 military takeover, Shameem has not made an unequivocal stand on behalf of the Fiji Human Rights Commission regarding the arbitrary arrests and subsequent assaults, humiliation and death in military custody.