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Former ASP Jailed For 18 Months

Former Assistant Superintendent of Police Rehana Rubeena Sen was yesterday sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the Suva Magistrates Court. Sen was convicted on a count of asking for a
09 Jul 2015 12:13
Former ASP Jailed For 18 Months
Former Police officer ASP Rehana Rubeena Sen being escorted to a holding cell after she was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Former Assistant Superintendent of Police Rehana Rubeena Sen was yesterday sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Sen was convicted on a count of asking for a bribe during her term as an ASP.

The charged alleged: Between September 30, and October 3, 2012, while being employed in the public service, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, she asked for a benefit of $3000 with the intention of fostering a belief that the exercise of her duties as a public officer will be to influenced.

She denied the charge laid against her by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC).

It was alleged that Sen had asked a Praveena Devi for money when Ms Devi’s boyfriend, Atunaisa Muliaceva, was arrested and detained at the Nabua Police Station.

Ms Devi was under the mistaken belief that her direct intervention at the Nabua Police Station could result in the release of her boyfriend.

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvuili said evidence in court proved that at no stage, Sen clarified her role with Ms Devi, therefore the court found that she fostered this belief in order to obtain the unlawful benefit.

Sen and Ms Devi had exchanged phone contacts when the officer texted her asking for $3000. When Ms Devi received this message, she told her sister who instructed her to report the matter to FICAC.

Sen and Ms Devi had a conversation which was recorded where the accused told Ms Devi that nothing would happen to her boyfriend while she was in the Police force.

Sen, 44, had been in the Police force for 17 years. The court took into account that she was remorseful, a first-offender and had lost her job after maintaining a spotless reputation because of one weakness in the service.

However Magistrate Ratuvili said the court must ‘harden its heart’ and impose an appropriate sentence to send a deterrent message that the courts will not condone such offences.

She was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment without any non- parole period. She has 28 days to appeal.

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