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Former SODELPA Parliamentarian Salote Radrodro Has Been Handed 36 Months Imprisonment Term.

She is ordered to serve 30 months in prison with a non-parole period of 24 months. The remaining six months has been suspended for a period of five years.
22 Sep 2022 13:40
Former SODELPA Parliamentarian Salote Radrodro Has Been Handed 36 Months Imprisonment Term.
Former SODELPA Parliamentarian Salote Radrodro outside the Courthouse in Suva on September 16, 2022. Photo: Ashna Kumar

She is ordered to serve 30 months in prison with a non-parole period of 24 months.

The remaining six months has been suspended for a period of five years.

Radrodro has been found guilty and convicted of false information to a public servant and of obtaining financial advantage.

Radrodro breached the Parliamentary Remuneration Act of 2014 when she claimed travel and accommodation allowances she was not entitled to amounting to $37,921.13 between June 2019 and April 2020 by falsely stating to the Parliament in a Member of Parliament Declaration Form that her permanent place of residence was in Namulomulo village, Nabouwalu, Bua, which was 30 kilometres away from the Parliament.

In the sentence delivered today, Anti-Corruption High Court Judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumarage said Radrodro breached the trust posed and reposed on her by her voters.

He said Radrodro betrayed the public trust in Parliamentarians and caused a serious damage to the Parliament of Fiji.

He said Radrodro claimed the allowances by falsely stating she traveled from Namulomulo village in Bua while in fact she was sleeping in her own bed, eating her own food at the comfort of her home in Tacirua Heights, Suva.

The Judge also said the conduct of this nature by the Parliamentarians could spread like a fungus that corrupt the political culture of this country.

He said to Radrodro that she had been deprived of her position as an MP due to her own fraudulent conducts.

He added that this was a case where a Parliamentarian misused the allowances provided to the Parliamentarians under the Parliamentary Remuneration Act of 2014 and this was an appropriate case for the Court to impose an aggregated sentence.

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Story By: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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