The Fiji Corrections Service has stated that convicted rapist, Amenoni Nasilasila is now undergoing the relevant rehabilitation program.
Director of Rehabilitation Senior Superintendent Salote Panapasa has made it clear that once Nasilasila undergoes all the relevant treatment programs then they will commence his reintegration process.
She confirms that appropriate measures have also been addressed internally at Corrections Service to ensure proper processes are followed.
No further comments will be made as the Corrections Service focuses on the program.
Nasilasila was involved in an unofficial Oceania 7s scrimmage session between the Wardens 7s team and the Tuvalu 7s team. He was seen heavily involved in that scrimmage session last Tuesday.
This was only five days after he was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment by High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar.
He raped a 24-year-old woman in a settlement in Sigatoka on 22nd December last year.
Fiji women's rights groups have also said that the earlier actions by the Fiji Corrections Service send a dangerous message to the public that perpetrators of sexual violence will not be held to account, especially when they have national sporting achievements.
They say Nasilasila has not even started serving his sentence and it is horrific for the victim/survivor and any victims in this country, who have or have not reported their issues, to see a perpetrator being praised for his help in sports.
Oceania Rugby says it is extremely disappointed that Nasilasila has been connected with an unofficial Oceania 7s scrimmage session as they strongly advocate action to reject all forms of abuse and violence against women and girls across all its member unions.