20 August 2006

Teen tortured stripped by police

Steven E, 16, was accused of pick-pocketing 500 kina (NZ$240) from a soldier. Three policemen beat him.

“I was covered in blood. They also hit me with a gun butt and made me go into the sea. They told me to wash the blood off before I got into the vehicle,” he said.

They threw him into the truck and drove off and then showed him off in the town, using a loudspeaker to tell people they had caught a criminal. They said: “This pig—we are going to take him and kill him.”

At the police station he was beaten, cut with scissors and burnt with cigarettes. He was stripped naked and displayed to other police, including a woman officer.

“I admitted everything to the police. Before they put me in the cell, I admitted everything.”

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