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FICAC ‘Step Up’ Role

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) says 2015 for them is about raising aggressive awareness in order to reduce or prevent corruption in Fiji. FICAC public affairs officer Nandni
08 Jan 2015 10:30
FICAC ‘Step Up’ Role

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) says 2015 for them is about raising aggressive awareness in order to reduce or prevent corruption in Fiji.

FICAC public affairs officer Nandni Vandhana said the theme this year was Fostering Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Fiji.

“The public needs to know the need to report corruption in order for the country move forward,” Miss Vandhana said.

“We have had 10 convictions in 2014 which saw 13 accused persons being sentenced. The highest number of cases we have investigated has been forgery, uttering forged documents, bribery cases, exortion by public servants and embezzlement.”

She said this year they would focus on effectively communicating the laws and the roles of FICAC.

“When I talk about law, I talk about our jurisdictions that we have and that is to investigate and substitute public related corruption offences which we cannot go outside of   our jurisdictions.

Most of the cases reported do not fall on our jurisdictions and so we want to make the public aware of the law that encompasses FICAC,”she said.

The Commission currently has 63 cases in court with 134 accused persons and looks forward to 2015 with back to back trials.

 

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