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Former PWD Workers’ Case Withdrawn After 8 Years

The State prosecutor withdrew the matter pursuant to Section 169 (2) (b) (ii) of the Criminal Procedure Act, stating that – On any withdrawal under subsection (1)— (b) where the withdrawal is made before the accused person is called upon to make his or her defence, the court shall make (ii) an order discharging the accused..
27 Feb 2020 14:21
Former PWD Workers’ Case Withdrawn After 8 Years

The Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday withdrew the case of 55 former Public Works Department workers allegedly involved in a sick sheet scam, after eight years of proceedings.

The matter was called before the Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday.

The State prosecutor withdrew the matter pursuant to Section 169 (2) (b) (ii) of the Criminal Procedure Act, stating that – On any withdrawal under subsection (1)— (b) where the withdrawal is made before the accused person is called upon to make his or her defence, the court shall make (ii) an order discharging the accused..

The 55 former workers were alleged to have caused a loss by dishonesty and were represented by Suva lawyer, Nemani Tuifagalele.

The 55 were Rusiate Tubunaruarua, Mereoni Dobui, Cagilaba Savu, Saula Lawa, Penaia Matasere, Semiti Rarawa, Orisi Kalokalo, Kelera Raliku, Malakai Uluitoga, Eroni Bale, Senikaloni Veiogo, Vasemaca Kolonio, Sekove Ratini, Sera Nasilivata, Jona Matanikorovata, Mosese Irinasa, Teribatae Tautere, Hirendra Singh, Josese Mira, Sakiusa Morowaitu, Abdul Faiyaz, Asenaca Valeria, Ratu Kisi Lomani Tauaga, Ganeshwar Prakash, Ranjeet Singh, Damasiono Dolomoka, Deva Nand, Pramesh Prasad, Kalaro Auka, Samuela Ledua, Sakiusa Bainivalu, Steven Chand, Malakai Radaniva, Ravinesh Romendran, Ulamila Sagatu Rareba, Saini Donu, Ronald Avinesh Jeet, Mohammed Faiyaz, Jone Talawa, Mukesh Chand, Ratu Velema Mudunavosa, Tawaraici Rarawa, Sereana Qereqeretabua, Anesh Avnit Prasad, Niamat Ali, Nimilotebulimaibau Kasanibuli, Aminiasi Ratuloaloa, Semisis Sorovoli, Waisale Drugu, Kishore Lal, Ravindra Narayan, Josefata Gonenitoko, Ashneel Vikash Sharma, Ashween Krishnil Kumar and Sunia Roko.

The allegation was that between January 1 and November 30, 2011, in Suva, the former workers being employees of the Mechanical Section of the Works Department within the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities, dishonestly obtained medical sick sheets from Waidrodro Medical Centre, Nausori, with the intention of causing a loss to the Government of Fiji, the loss being the total sum of $18,489.22.

The trial in the matter was set to convene next week from March 2 to March 31, however, after the withdrawal of the complaint, the matter was dismissed.

Edited By Naisa Koroi

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