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Former Top Police Officer Rawalai Plea Next Month

Former Top Police Officer Rawalai Plea Next Month
Luke Rawalai. Photo: FILE
May 17
11:00 2017

The former director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Police Superintendent, Luke Rawalai will take his plea on June 15 at the Suva Magistrates Court.

Rawalai is charged with three counts of abuse of office and two counts receiving a bribe. He appeared yesterday before Magistrate Kashyapa Wickramasekara.

His lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh, has sought time from the court to discuss disclosures with his client because the second phase of disclosures was served yesterday.

Magistrate Wickramasekara said the matter had been adjourned to June 15 for plea and election of jurisdiction by the accused.

Charges – First count: Abuse of Office

Rawalai between June 17, 2011 and March 14, 2014 in Suva, whilst being employed as the director CID and SP of the Fiji Police Force, in abuse of authority of the office, allegedly did arbitrary acts for the purpose of gaining name mainly interfered with Police investigation of an enquiry into a rape allegation.

Second count: Abuse of Office

Between February 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013 in abuse of authority of the office, allegedly did arbitrary acts for the purpose of gain name mainly directed the Nadi Police Station Criminal Investigation Division Personnel to charge for Police docket without any evidence and against the findings of the personnel which was an act of prejudicial to the Police.

Third count: Receiving a bribe

Between January 3, 2012 and December 5, 2013 without lawful authority and reasonable excuse allegedly received a benefit of $2400.

Fourth count: Abuse of Office

Between December 1, 2012 and January 31, 2014 Rawalai allegedly interfered with a Police investigation which was of a forgery allegation.

Fifth count: Receiving a bribe: Between December 1, 2012 and January 31, 2014, Rawalai was further alleged to have received a benefit of $5723 without lawful authority and reasonable excuse while serving as a public servant.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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