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Natuva Reads In Court An Email Sent To The PM

  The then Works and Transport Minister Timoci Natuva yesterday read out an email in court sent to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in the trial of former Works spokesperson
11 Aug 2016 11:26
Natuva Reads In Court An Email Sent To The PM
Minister for National Security and Defence Timoci Natuva, appeared as one of FICAC witness in Sainiana Radrodro’s trail at Suva Magistrate Court yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

The then Works and Transport Minister Timoci Natuva yesterday read out an email in court sent to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in the trial of former Works spokesperson Sainiana Waqainabete Radrodro.

In the email, Radrodro confessed using money donated to the ministry.

 

The charge: Radrodro is charged with 11 counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception.

She is alleged to have obtained financial advantage by falsely using the Minister for Works’ name to obtain a total of $9560 on over 11 separate occasions between May of 2010 and June 2011.

 

Day 2 Fifth Witness: The then Minister for Works, Natuva, took to the witness stand as the fifth prosecution witness against Radrodro.

Mr Natuva said that he received an email that Radrodro sent to the Prime Minister . He said he was sent a copy.

The subject of the email was: “I have committed some grave mistakes and please need help.”

A few paragraphs were read out in court in relation to the allegations on Radrodro.

 

Email sent on November 29, 2012: Radrodro through an email said: “I used to secure money for the ministry and in some of these incidents I ended up using the money to pay my increasing debts.

“Sir I have never done that before in my previous employment and this time I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of my bosses and employees and I did the unthinkable.

“I know that through what I have done, I have let down the Honourable Minster for Works and your stance for ethical works.

“I sincerely beg your forgiveness and I promise to pay the money back. I have been through a lot as a child from a broken family and I was overcome by the circumstances I was in.”

 

Email sent on December 1, 2012: Radrodro, in another email, said: “The amount alleged is $9260. I dispute some of the figures from the four companies I asked sponsorship from, however I will not deny I used a significant sum of that money.

“Please uncle forgive me.” (was sent in iTaukei)

Mr Natuva told the court that he had not given any approval to any officers in his office to receive donations into their personal accounts.

FICAC prosecutor Rashmi Aslam asked if Mr Natuva had given directives to Radrodro to secure funds for any farewell parties within the ministry.

Mr Natuva said he did not give such directive to Radrodro.

 

Cross examination:

Defence lawyer Akuila Naco questioned Mr Natuva on the procedures of arranging for farewell parties.

Mr Natuva said farewell parties were arranged by the departments the employees worked in.

Mr Natuva also told the court during cross examination that a certain amount of money which Radrodro had sought as sponsorship for various functions had been directly deposited in her account.

The cross-examination continues today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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