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Business Raised Funds For Son: Accused

The second accused in the $3.1million scam trial said he started a fish business to raise funds for his son’s medical treatment. Iliesa Turagacati gave his evidence against the allegations
09 Jun 2015 11:43
Business Raised Funds For Son:  Accused

The second accused in the $3.1million scam trial said he started a fish business to raise funds for his son’s medical treatment.

Iliesa Turagacati gave his evidence against the allegations he faces. Turagacati together with two other former employees of the Department of National Roads and the Director of T.F.Jan Bulldozing Company, Firoz Jan Mohammed, are charged by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption for alleged road scam .

Turagacati informed the court that he started a small scale fish business in late 2011. He said he needed some money for his second eldest son’s medical treatment overseas because his son was suffering from rheumatic heart disease.

He was asked about $12,000 which was seized from his home by the FICAC officers during investigation. Turagacati said it was fundraised by Kavula Village for their church.

He said there were documents to support that as well and to confirm that the money was actually for the church.

The trial resumes this morning.

 

FACT BOX

Accused persons: Firoz Jan Mohammed, Iliesa Turagacati, Navitalai Tamanitoakula, Aisea Liwaiono.

 

Charges: Count one and two bribery, count three is obtaining financial advantage, count four, five, six and seven is dishonestly causing loss and count eight is perverting the course of justice.All deny the charges.

Lawyers: Firoz Jan Mohammed: Queen Counsel Ian Lloyd

Iliesa Turagacati: Nancy Tikoisuva

Navitalai Tamanitoakula: Filimone Vosarogo

Aisea Liwaiono: Taina Leweni

 

Judge: Justice Paul Madigan

 

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 




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