Crime & Court

Former Passport Manager To Be Sentenced Next Month

Sakiusa is charged by FICAC for one count each of conspiracy to influence public officials and of abuse of office.
16 Jan 2020 10:26
Former Passport Manager To Be Sentenced Next Month
Kalisi Sakiusa outside the Magistrates Court in Suva on January 15, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The defence counsel has been granted 14 days to file mitigation submissions in the case of former manager passport and citizenship at the Department of Immigration.

Kalisi Sakiusa appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa at the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday.

Sakiusa’s matter was listed for sentencing, however the defence counsel, Akuila Naco, requested more time to file the mitigation submissions on behalf of the accused.

Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) counsel Joseph Work told the court that the prosecution had filed and submitted their sentencing submissions.

Sakiusa is charged by FICAC for one count each of conspiracy to influence public officials and of abuse of office.

Charges:

It is alleged that Sakiusa along with co-accused, Ma Li, and others, on or around March 20, 2016, at Suva, conspired together namely in procuring the production and issue of two Fiji passports number 9249880 and 9249980 to one Lin Changlin and one Zhand Yongqiang respectively who were non-citizens of Fiji with intent to dishonestly influence immigration officers of the Department of Immigration in the exercise of their official duties as public officials.

It is alleged that Sakiusa along with his co-accused Ma Li and others, on or around March 20, 2016, at Suva, while being employed in the public service as Manager Passport and Citizenship at the Department of Immigration, in abuse of the authority of his office, did an arbitrary act namely unlawfully issued Fijian Passport number 9249880 and 9249980 to persons who were non-citizens of Fiji namely Lin Changlin and one Zhand Yongqiang, which was prejudicial to the rights of the Department of Immigration and the people of Fiji.

The matter has been adjourned for sentencing on February 17.

Bail has been further extended for Sakiusa.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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