Fiji police accused of destroying draft constitution

Fiji police accused of destroying draft constitution

Fiji police accused of destroying draft constitution

Updated 28 December 2012, 18:39 AEST

Fiji police have been accused of illegally confiscating and destroying copies of the draft constitution.

The Fiji Police Force has been accused of illegally confiscating printed copies of the country's draft constitution and setting some of them on fire.

The Constitution Commission, which was tasked with drafting a new constitution to return the country to democracy, says all 600 copies were seized from the printer last Saturday.

Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai says he went to the printers to tell police their actions were illegal.

He says he was abused by the police officer in charge as a result.

Professor Ghai says some copies of the draft document were shredded before being soaked in kerosene and burnt.

"Well of course I was extremely upset," he told Radio Australia.

"I thought that this was some kind of a symbolic act on the part of whoever gave the orders ... to tell me that this is how we will treat your work."

The remaining copies were reportedly taken by police and have not been seen since.

The interim government declined to comment on the allegations.