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3 SOLDIERS, BUSINESSMAN FACE BRIBERY CHARGES

Three soldiers and a businessman yesterday appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court charged with bribery offences involving $15,906. Corporal Waisale Sorokacika, Staff Sergeant Elazar Adrian Luciano, and Sergeant-Major Josese Vusoniceva
04 Dec 2015 12:58
3 SOLDIERS, BUSINESSMAN FACE BRIBERY CHARGES
Top L-R (Corporal Waisale Sorokacika,staff Sergeant Elazar Luciano) Bottom L-R (Ajesh Sharma, Sergeant-Major Josese Vusoniceva.)

Three soldiers and a businessman yesterday appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court charged with bribery offences involving $15,906.

Corporal Waisale Sorokacika, Staff Sergeant Elazar Adrian Luciano, and Sergeant-Major Josese Vusoniceva are each charged with one count of bribery.

Businessman Ajesh Sharma is charged with three counts of bribery offences.

The four appeared before Magistrate Waleen George. No plea was taken.

The soldiers have requested for Legal Aid assistance while Sharma has sought a defence lawyer.

FICAC Lawyer Laite Bokini did not object to the bail application of the soldiers but requested they report to their nearest Police station and asked for sureties for their bail.

This was granted by the court with a bail bond of $5000 from each surety. They were required to give two sureties each. Ms Bokini objected to one of the sureties for Sorokacika saying he (surety) had already given them statements as part of their investigation into the case.

Magistrate George ordered that Sorokacika and Luciano reported to the Valelevu Police Station while Vusoniceva reports to the Nakasi Police Station on the last Saturday of every month between 6am and 6pm.

Ms Bokini objected to the bail application of Sharma stating the circumstances in which the accused was apprehended showed it was highly likely that he would abscond bail.

The court yesterday heard that Sharma was arrested at the airport while trying to leave the country.

Sharma’s defence lawyer Mathew Young however argued that his client had already informed FICAC of his trip to New Zealand to attend a family gathering and that he would be back on December 8.

He was then also granted bail with bail bonds of $5000 for each surety. Sharma was ordered to surrender his travel documents and issued a travel ban.

He was also ordered not to offend while on bail, to reside at the residential address submitted to the court and not to interfere with Prosecution witnesses.

The case has been adjourned to January 13 next year.

 

Particulars of the charges:

Sorokacika – It is alleged that between April 1 and August 31 this year, Sorokacika while being employed as the assistant purchasing clerk for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Accounts Section at its Engineering Unit accepted advantage of $5404 from a Ajesh Sharma who was the manager sales at Buildex Marketing Limited in Labasa.

Luciano – is alleged to have, between August 1 and 31, solicited an advantage of $600 also from a Ajesh Sharma, the manager sales at Buildex Limited in Labasa while being employed as a purchasing accounts warrant officer at the RFMF’s Account Section of its Engineering Unit.

Vusoniceva – It is alleged that between January 1 and September 30 this year in Nadi, Vusoniceva while being employed as a works warrant officer accepted an advantage of $9906 from an Ajesh Sharma who was the Manager Sales for Buildex Marketing Limited in Labasa.

Sharma – It is alleged that between April 1 and August 31 this year in Labasa, Sharma while being employed as the manager sales for Buildex Marketing Limited in Labasa offered an advantage of $5404 to Sorokacika. It is also alleged that between August 1 and August 31, Sharma while also being employed at the company offered an advantage of $600 to Luciano. The court also heard that between January 1 and September 30 this year, Sharma allegedly offered an advantage of $9906 to Vusoniceva while being the manager sales for Buildex Marketing Limited.

 



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