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Court Briefs: April 25th, 2017

Former commission head pleads not guilty to abuse of office The former chief executive of the Fiji Commerce Commission (FCC) yesterday pleaded not guilty to one count of abuse of
25 Apr 2017 11:00
Court Briefs: April 25th, 2017

Former commission head pleads not guilty to abuse of office

The former chief executive of the Fiji Commerce Commission (FCC) yesterday pleaded not guilty to one count of abuse of office at the Suva Magistrates Court.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Bobby Maharaj in 2016.

Maharaj appeared before Magistrate Joji Boseiwaqa represented by defense counsel Jitendra Reddy.

The matter has now been adjourned to July 12 for mention. FICAC State Counsel, Sera Fatafehi, appeared for the prosecution.

Bail has been extended.

Background:

It is alleged that the accused while being employed by the FCC in abuse of authority directed an employee of the FCC, without conducting an inspection to fill in false information to indicate an inspection was conducted of a trader and a verbal warning was issued against the trader for breaches under the Commerce Commission Decree.

This was prejudicial to the rights of the FCC and the trader. The Ministry of Industry and Trade referred the complaint to FICAC.


State asks for more time on three accused charged over lokia theft

State lawyer Shirley Tivao has asked for more time to file further disclosures in the matter of a former Police officer in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and two others charged with theft at the Lokia Food City Supermarket.

Former Sergeant Amani Boseinawai, Meli Galu and Mausio Susau Dominiko appeared before Justice Thusara Rajasinghe yesterday at the High Court in Suva.

Ms Tivao told the court that they were still awaiting further documents from the Police like the CCTV footage.

Boseinawai is represented by Samanunu Vaniqi, Galu is represented by Isireli Ramanu and Susau is represented by Abhay Singh.

Mr Singh told the court that he had filed a bail application for Susau to which Justice Rajasinghe told him that there would be a bail hearing for it on April 28.

Boseinawai, Galu and Dominiko are charged with a count each of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and receiving stolen property.

It is alleged that on February 26, all three accused conspired to commit aggravated burglary at the Lokia Food City Supermarket in Nausori. It is also alleged that on February 27, the three accused received stolen cash to a total value of $2500. Galu and Dominiko are further charged with a count each of aggravated burglary and theft.

It is alleged that on February 26, they stole cash to a total value of $117,630.25 and assorted cigarettes to a total value of $23,446.80, the property of Lokia Food City Supermarket.  The case has been adjourned to May 11, for mention.

Jessica Savike

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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