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September 26
11:00 2017

Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery Charges

A Suva business woman appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded Not Guilty to two counts of Bribery.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) had charged Anita Ranjini Mala earlier this year for allegedly offering bribes to two officers of the Ministry of Labour.

Mala appeared before Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage and is represented by Jitend Reddy.

It is alleged that Mala, while being the owner of Celcius Fire Protection and Pest Control, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse offered an advantage of $500 to $800 to a Ministry of Labour Inspector on account of the officer performing an act in the capacity of a public servant.

It is also alleged that Mala, on another occasion, without reasonable excuse, offered an advantage of $500 to a Technical officer of the Ministry of Labour on account of the officer performing an act as a public servant.

Sera Fatafehi appeared for the Prosecution.

The matter has been adjourned to November 2, 2017 for mention to check on Voir Dire Grounds.

 

Source: FICAC

 

Grandfather to Be

Sentenced Next Month

A 64-year-old man convicted of rape and charged for sexual assault will be sentenced on October 9.

The accused had pleaded guilty to raping his 14-year-old granddaughter in Nabua and has pleaded not guilty for sexual assault.

The matter was called before Judge Justice Riyaaz Hamza at the Suva High Court yesterday.

The incident occurred between January and November last year.

State lawyer Lavenia Bogitini made submissions on the nature and gravity of the offence.

The trial date has yet to be set for the second count of sexual assault.

The accused is represented by defence lawyer Lisiate Qetaki.

 

Jessica Savike

Edited by Mohammed Ali

 

Uncle Further Remanded

 

A 33-year-old man who is charged for rape has been further remanded by the Suva High Court yesterday.

The accused who is the uncle of the 3-year-old victim will be standing trial from November 28 to December 8, 2017.

The matter was called before Judge Justice Riyaaz Hamza.

It is alleged that the accused on June 22, 2015 raped his niece and then gave her chewing gum.

Defence lawyer Talei Kean has asked for the witness list to be disclosed to them and has further asked for time to consider the voir dire disclosures.

The state was represented by Lavenia Bogitini.

The case has been adjourned to November 13, for mention.

 

Jessica Savike

Edited by Mohammed Ali

 

Bail Extended for Stepfather

A 23-year-old stepfather charged for rape had his bail extended by the Suva High Court yesterday.

The matter was called before Judge Justice Riyaaz Hamza.

Defence lawyer Vilisoni Tuicolo has sought for further time to respond to agreed facts.

Mr Tuicolo informed the court that there are some issues that they would like to clarify from the state.

It is alleged that the accused sometimes in March, this year at Navua had raped his de facto partner’s 20-year-old daughter.

The case has been adjourned to October 11, for the state and defence to provide their final agreed facts.

 

Jessica Savike

Edited by Mohammed Ali

 

Mismo’s Matter Remitted To Magistrates Court

Jeke Mismo charged with a count each of aggravated robbery and act intended to cause grievous bodily harm had his matter remitted to the Suva Magistrates Court.

Mismo appeared before Judge Justice Riyaaz Hamza at the Suva High Court yesterday.

It is alleged that Mismo attempted to strike a Police officer with a stone at Rewa Street in Suva.

It is also alleged that on September 8, 2017 he stole assorted items to the total value of $400.

The case has been adjourned to October 3, for mention.

 

Jessica Savike

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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