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Senior immigration officer charged

August 05
12:00 2009

Written By : Samantha Rina. An immigration officer charged with 12 counts of extortion and a count of abuse of office appeared at the Nadi Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Naibuka Vuli, who was investigated by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC), was granted bail by magistrate Sahu Khan.
It is alleged that between 2007 and 2008, Vuli abused his authority by accommodating detained illegal immigrants at a private property without the approval of the Public Service Commission.
The court heard Vuli, who was renting at Cawa Place in Nadi, had taken the proceeds of accommodating the illegal immigrants and kept it.
A contract had been signed in 2006 to house the detainees at Cawa Place however it was terminated two months later by the PSC.
Without the approval of PSC, Vuli accommodated the detainees at the private property instead of the reverted detention centre at the Kennedy Hotel in Nadi.
Magistrate Sahu Khan granted him bail on the condition that he not travel overseas and surrender all travel documents.
Vuli informed the court he had been transferred to Suva for work and was ordered to report to the FICAC Office in Suva every Wednesday and Saturday.
He was represented by Nazeem-Ud-Dean Sahu Khan while Laisa Lagilevu acted as prosecutor for FICAC. Vuli will reappear in court on August 27.

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