An Auckland man has allegedly been murdered and dumped in front of a hospital in Suva, Fiji. Fiji police confirmed the man was Ashkan Farsani, a businessman from Mount Roskill who was involved in taro exporting.
Farsani was found lying near the Colonial War Memorial Hospital on May 9 with stab wounds after he was allegedly robbed. Fiji police media spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed Farsani was a New Zealand citizen.
The case was being treated as an alleged murder, she said. Farsani was seen being dropped off at the hospital in a silver-grey Prius which was later found abandoned in Tacirua, east of Suva.
He had stab wounds and medical staff’s attempts to revive him proved futile, Fijian authorities said. Naisoro said two men had handed themselves into the Nabua Police Station over the incident and were now in custody.
According to a close family friend, Farsani was a loving father and husband. “All we ask for is justice … one little innocent boy is left without a father now.”
Morris Ekeroma said Farsani would be missed by many. He had “the biggest heart”, Ekeroma said. “He loved his family and especially his son Cyrus.” James Hislop, another close friend, said Farsani was a good guy with a “great business sense. “He actually graduated as a dentist but he saw an opportunity in the taro industry … he didn’t deserve to die this way.”
Farsai was a fitness fanatic, was part of the Ponsonby Rugby League Club and a graduate of Otago University. “He just wanted to make something of himself. I just can’t believe he is dead,” Hislop said.
Ashkan Farsani, left, was well regarded as a boxer.
“He was never afraid to take on a challenge, he was a huge inspiration to everyone around him. “He was always smiling, always positive, he was very well educated.”
Friends has spoken of him with the “biggest heart” as well as being “funny as hell”.
He said his mate grew up in Mt Roskill and played rugby league for the Marist Saints.
He studied to become a dentist in Dunedin before becoming interested in selling taro and starting a business in Fiji.
“He always had a business sense. Ash always had love for everyone, was always there when we needed him. You know you’ll count on him being there, that’s a fact.
“Intelligent and funny as hell, he was never one to back down from a challenge. Those who know him know that.”
Ekeroma said Farsani would be dearly missed by many.
“He didn’t deserve to die this way.”
He said had no idea what happened but believed the avid boxer would have fought back.
“Wrong place wrong time, I guess. My brother didn’t deserve this not one bit.
“What I do know is he had hands and went down swinging.”
Martin Ekeroma said he met Ash in Year 7 at Waikowhai Intermediate.
“He used to hold my books every day, he was a great friend. He loved his family and friends and especially his son Cyrus.”
The big George Michael fan also played league through the grades at Marist – even if he did spend a lot of time on the bench.
“But he was always willing to bring the waters on for the boys. He was a great team player. He will be missed by many because he is an all-round top bloke.”
Investigations were continuing and Fiji police said more information would be released soon.