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Mau, Pratap trial on May 1

By ARISHMA DEVI The trial date for the former Post Fiji executives, Peni Mau and Dhirendra Pratap, has been set for May 1, 2013. Mau denies one count of extortion
04 Oct 2012 09:13

By ARISHMA DEVI

The trial date for the former Post Fiji executives, Peni Mau and Dhirendra Pratap, has been set for May 1, 2013.
Mau denies one count of extortion by a public officer and Pratap denies one count each of abuse of office and giving false information to a public servant.
The two men appeared in the Suva High Court yesterday before Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam.
Justice Kumararatnam said the postponement would give time for Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) lawyers to obtain documents requested by the defence lawyer.
Suva lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma appeared on behalf of lawyer Mehboob Raza for Pratap.
Mr Raza is expected to appear in court tomorrow because he is currently in New Zealand.
Mau, a former managing director of Post Fiji, was charged with extortion in 2007 for allegedly accepting a promise of a reward namely a gratuity payment from his employment with Post Fiji Limited which was beyond proper pay.
Pratap faces charges of abuse of office in the same year, allegedly giving a letter to the Ministry of Finance Special Internal Audit Team falsely stating that the board of directors of Post Fiji Limited had passed a resolution in March to give Peni Mau two years and four months of salary and $24,000 gratuity on his early exit from employment, which was prejudicial to the Government of Fiji.
In his second count Pratap is accused of knowingly causing the said audit team to do something which the team ought not to do if the true state of affairs were known to the members of the team.




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