Escaped prisoner back in custody

Fijian authorities have recaptured Lemeki Tupali who had been on the run since Sunday evening.

Tupali was recaptured from Wailea Settlement, confirms Fiji’s Commissioner Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho who has also directed investigators to arrest and charge all those involved in harbouring and aiding his escape.

Tupali who was serving time for a series of aggravated robberies escaped from CWM Hospital in Suva on Sunday whilst in the custody of Fiji Corrections Services officers.

“The Fiji Police Force acknowledges the support of the general populace in the sharing of information resulting in Tupali’s arrest,” Mr Qiliho said in a statement.

“We acknowledge and commend the patience and understanding shown by members of the public as the operational posture adopted following Tupali’s escape from custody meant long traffic queues as checkpoints and roadblocks were erected from the day of his escape. The joint task force worked around the clock to ensure Tupali was arrested and I thank them for their dedication and perseverance.”

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