This was after it was revealed that an executive member of the RSIPF signed a letter, allowing access for the wife of Asian businessman Zhang Tong Zi to visit him whist being remanded in custody.
The controversial beche-de-mer saga reached a new heights when the media published reports of a letter given to the Correctional Services for Mr Zhang’s lawyer and wife to be given access to visit Mr Zhang.
This was when Mr Zhang was remanded in custody late in March this year for allegedly breaching various laws of the country.
Deputy commissioner Edmond Sikua told members of the media yesterday that the letter was merely to seek assistance from the Correctional Services in considering the human rights laws for Zhang Tong Zhi to be visited by his relatives and lawyer.
“The letter which was signed by a deputy commissioner of the RSIPF was simply a means of formalities from one organisation to another.
“The letter was seeking assistance from the Correctional Services under the International Human Rights Law recommending that Mr Zhang be allowed to see his lawyer and a relative.
“However the response was that any granting of permission relating to the matter would have to be upon instructions from the immigrations department.
“By then Police had no intention of pushing forward with the matter,” Mr Sikua said.
Mr Sikua also reiterated that the matter was being investigated by the fisheries department and not a matter for police unless requested upon.
By JEREMY INIFIRI
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