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FICAC Warns Local Athletes

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption is urging sports personalities in the country to refrain from corruption related activities or face the full brunt of the law. This comes as
17 Dec 2014 11:09

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption is urging sports personalities in the country to refrain from corruption related activities or face the full brunt of the law.

This comes as a strong warning for all athletes after FICAC brought forward the first case of its kind in Fiji’s court against a famous national squash rep, Justin Steven Masih Ho.

Ho is charged with one count of bribery and one count of false or misleading information to allegedly release a consignment containing prohibited goods on October 24, 2014 at the Nadi Magistrates Court.He denies charges and is on bail.

“FICAC will not display any tolerance for corruption related offences as it hinders the development and progress of the country,” public affairs officer, Nandni Vandhana said.

“Athletes are often considered role models for the young and old alike, they can start with saying “NO” to corruption and lead the way in the country as individuals against corruption practices.

“Sports are an integral part of our society, it gives an avenue for people of all races, colour, religion, age to come together and display their talent, issues like this will affect the image of the sport and also aspiring athletes.”

Ms Nandni says corruption hinders all facets of development in our country and will continue to fight corruption.

“FICAC calls everyone including athletics to refrain from corrupt related activities to ensure that there is sustainable development in the sports industry of our country.”

However the fight of combating crime is not only in the hands of the commission because it is the right of every individual to uphold their civic duties.

“The commission wants to foster more relationships with relevant stakeholders to ensure prevention of corruption and for every individual to join hands in the fight against corruption.”

She said FICAC is the legitimate body to investigate and prosecute corruption related offences in the country, anyone caught breaking the laws will face the consequences of their acts.

“FICAC wishes to better the welfare and lives of all Fijians by ensuring a corruption free Fiji.”

 

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