The Prime Minister’s comment, "I’ll stick by my men", I think that’s a giveaway that the attackers must have been his military "men", because that’s real military talk, and he’s the head of the military. So it’s an appropriate conclusion to make that these men were working for what is now a militarised police service.
But if the Prime Minister "sticks by" anyone named in the investigation, this amounts to undermining the rule of law and justice. But anyway I’ve been told it’s an internal investigation: it’s not independent or open so the results might not be worth much.
"An unelected Prime Minister is the head of the army – those roles don’t sit well together"
They have some idea of what "human rights" means and they’re aware of the negative international attention the video has drawn. So they said they would investigate. The government had no choice but to react [Editor’s note: human rights organisations, notably Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, strongly condemned the video].
Alifereti Nimacere, David Wise, Nimilote Verebasaga, Sakiusa Rabaka – all these people were killed by military officers. But after their deaths, military officers were punished. But this time, the Prime Minister is saying he’ll stick by his men. Why is he saying that? I think he might have said that because he may even have had a hand in making it happen. In order to save face, he needs to be consistent. He may even have sent those officers; after all he’s the head of the army. An unelected Prime Minister is the head of the army – those roles don’t sit well together. The government is full of military officers chosen by the Prime Minister.