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Case To Answer In Radrodro Case, Court Rules

  There is a case to answer in the case involving former Ministry of Works spokesperson, Sainiana Waqainabete Radrodro, the Suva Magistrates Court ruled yesterday. Radrodro is charged by the
08 Dec 2016 11:00
Case To Answer In Radrodro Case, Court Rules
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There is a case to answer in the case involving former Ministry of Works spokesperson, Sainiana Waqainabete Radrodro, the Suva Magistrates Court ruled yesterday.

Radrodro is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption with 11 counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception.

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

Magistrate Waleen George said the court has noted all evidence that was tendered in this court.

“Having considered the evidence of the prosecution witnesses, the court is not so much concerned at this stage on conviction or acquittal but on whether the evidence is such that the court properly directing its mind to the law and the evidence could or might convict on the evidence so far laid before it.

“From the evidence tendered in court at the close of the prosecution case, the court has adopted an objective test as distinct from the ultimate subjective test as adopted at the close of trial.

“From the evidence tendered in court at the end of the prosecution case, the court finds that a case is made out against the accused person sufficiently to require her to make a defence.”

The defence had said that the former Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration, Timoci Natuva, gave contradictory evidence in court and his evidence was not orderly and inconsistent because he relied on his memory.

The prosecution had said that Radrodro allegedly obtained funds as per the charge, using the former Minister for Works name, and the said Minister did not authorise the same.

Prosecution witnesses had testified that the accused requested for funds by stating that Mr Natuva was the one who needed it for certain events to be hosted by the Ministry.

The witnesses allegedly deposited the required funds into Radrodro’s ANZ bank account.

Mr Natuva had denied giving directives to Radrodro or anyone to secure sponsorship from businesses for farewells, Christmas parties or awards nights.

The case has been adjourned to continue from March 22 to 24, 2017.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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