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ASSESSORS: KENI guilty

ZAFIYA SHAMIM Suva The five assessors in the Suva High Court trial of former Native Land Trust (NLTB) Board director, Keni Dakuidreketi, yesterday found him guilty with five counts of
02 Aug 2014 08:09

ZAFIYA SHAMIM
Suva

The five assessors in the Suva High Court trial of former Native Land Trust (NLTB) Board director, Keni Dakuidreketi, yesterday found him guilty with five counts of abuse of office.
The assessors however did not find him guilty for the abuse of office for the purpose of gain as charged.
High Court judge Justice Janaka Bandara yesterday summed up the case and directed the assessors to take notice only of any information given in the summing up.
The assessors then went behind closed doors to deliberate before giving their opinion to Justice Bandara.
It is alleged that Dakuidreketi, between March 31 and September 21, 2004, facilitated a loan of $2million to be made by Vanua Development Corporation to Pacific Connex Limited (PCX) while being employed as a member of NLTB and chairman of Vanua Development Corporation.
He is also alleged to have facilitated a loan of $900,000 from November 16 – 29, 2004.
The court also heard that that Dakuidreketi between about February 28 and April 28, 2005 allegedly facilitated a government grant of $1 million disbursed to Vanua Development Corporation through the NLTB to be used as security for a loan to Pacific Connex Limited by Dominion Finance.
For the fourth count while being employed as a member of NLTB and chairman of Vanua Development Corporation Dakuidreketi allegedly facilitated a government grant of $1 million disbursed to Vanua Development Corporation through the NLTB to be used as security for overdraft and loan facilities provided to Pacific Connex Limited, by ANZ Bank.
It is also alleged that Dakuidreketi from September 23 – 29, 2005 facilitated a loan of $1 million to be made by the Vanua Development Corporation to Pacific Connex Ltd.
All these acts are said to have been prejudicial to the NLTB and the indigenous Fijians.
Justice Bandara has asked co-accused and former NLTB general manager, Kalivati Bakani who pleaded guilty to abuse of office to be present in court when he delivers his judgment on Tuesday next week.
zafiya.shamim@fijisun.com.fj




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