Police beef up hunt for escapee

Escaped prisoner Lemeki Tupali. Picture: SUPPLIED

Anyone found aiding or harbouring escapee Lemeki Tupali will face the full brunt of the law.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said this in a statement as police stepped up efforts to capture Tupali who escaped from the custody of Fiji Corrections Officers from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) last Sunday.

A statement read Mr Qiliho had directed additional resources to be provided to the taskforce conducting the search and that all efforts be directed towards Tupali’s arrest.

Tupali is considered to be high risk and was serving time for a series of aggravated robbery cases.

Members of the public are urged to immediately report any sightings of him to their nearest Police Station or Crimestoppers on 919.

Meanwhile, Tupali had also escaped from the Nasinu Correction Centre in 2014 while serving a sentence of four years and six months for aggravated robbery.

He was later recaptured by police while in deep sleep because of alcohol consumption in a mini bus at the Laqere bridge, Suva.

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