YouTube Video a fake: Police

Caption: Commissioner Ben Groenewald.?

STATEMENT FROM THE FIJI POLICE FORCE

The Fiji Police Force has concluded its investigation into a You Tube video revealing the graphic shooting of five seamen who were thought to be Fijian citizens.

Following a thorough investigation with the assistance of relevant authorities, it has now been confirmed that the persons depicted in the video are not Fijian nationals.

Furthermore it has been established that the video was first viewed in mid-2013, and had been circulating in Fiji in March 2014. Two former fishing vessel crews confirmed receiving the video from their friends.

The investigation has also managed to establish that the video was shot outside of Fiji waters and involved a confrontation between Asian Fishing crews and pirates somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

Information gathered from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji and Telecommunication Authority of Fiji also confirms the vessel shown in the video has never entered Fijian waters.

The case is now close and the Fiji Police Force will not be making any further comments on the matter.

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B.J.J GROENEWALD

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE