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Former BAF boss cops suspended term

Former BAF boss cops suspended term
April 20
11:00 2017


The former Biosecurity Authority of Fiji chief executive officer was handed a suspended sentenced for corruption-related offences by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Matai Matakitoga was sentenced to seven months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for three counts of theft between March 19 to 27, 2013, in Suva.

Matakitoga had dishonestly appropriated property namely a table, five tyres and three cabinets from the compound of BAF.

During the time of the offence, Matakitoga was the manager finance of BAF and acting chief executive officer.

The case was called before Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage. Magistrate Liyanage said that Matakitoga had been in the civil service for 33 years without a charge, and further stated that the value of the properties were minimal. Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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