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FICAC Cases Boost

There has been a significant increase in corruption cases taken to court this year. More cases are expected, according to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption. FICAC Deputy Commissioner George
12 Nov 2014 14:00

There has been a significant increase in corruption cases taken to court this year.

More cases are expected, according to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

FICAC Deputy Commissioner George Langman said: “There has been a constant flow of information coming in from the people.”

“The confidence in the commission is growing and people are recognising it as an anti-corruption agency in the country. This is also evident by the number of people coming in person to report on corruption.”

Since the establishment of FICAC, it had taken 98 cases to court from which 66 had been convicted involving 75 people, he said.

The commission was also working on implementing initiatives in making it more easier and accessible for people to report corruption.

Mr Langman said FICAC “currently has 63 cases in court with 134 numbers of accused persons.”

“The number of cases taken to court this year as to date is 24 and the number of accused persons is 40.”

This means that 39 cases have been pending from the preceding years.

Mr Langman said in cases involving money, every case was treated with the same priority. He was responding to a case where $73 was involved.

“The Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption acknowledges the above concerns however as an anti-corruption agency in Fiji, it does not encourage or tolerate corruption in any level of the society,” Mr Langman said.

“That case involved taxpayers’ money and the FICAC is playing its part in improving the life of every Fijian by ensuring a corruption free Fiji.

“The commission investigates cases upon receiving complaints and to prevent corruption practices in the public sector, every corruption case received is given the same priority when it comes to investigations.

“Every reported case is worth the effort in combating corruption in the country.

“Concerns that were raised concentrated on the amount and not the offence which was serious and the accused was charged to prevent similar nature of cases occurring again.

“The FICAC has its priorities very well set out and is playing a very active role as an anti-corruption agency in Fiji.”

He said the biggest challenges that the commission faced was changing the mindset of people.

 

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