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Vijendra Prakash’s Trial To Go Ahead As Scheduled

Prakash is alleged to have falsely stated that his permanent place of residence was in Waidracia, Vunidawa, Nabuni, Naluwai, Naitasiri, and allegedly obtained $33,670 between August 2019 and March 2020.
31 Aug 2022 15:00
Vijendra Prakash’s Trial To Go Ahead As Scheduled
Former Government Member of Parliament Vijendra Prakash. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Former Government Member of Parliament Vijendra Prakash’s trial will start on September 19.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Prakash with one count each of giving false information to a public servant and obtaining financial advantage.

He is alleged to have obtained financial advantages in breach of the Parliamentary Remunerations Act of 2014.

Prakash is alleged to have falsely stated that his permanent place of residence was in Waidracia, Vunidawa, Nabuni, Naluwai, Naitasiri, and allegedly obtained $33,670 between August 2019 and March 2020.

The matter was called on Tuesday before Anti-Corruption High Court Judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumarage.

The trial is listed for a period of two weeks.

The court heard that the agreed facts had been finalised, however, it was pending execution.

FICAC counsel Ashish Nand told the court that the prosecution was due to meet with the defence counsel next week to finalise the facts.

He also said there were 25 documents which included 20 payment vouchers and that there were a few disputed elements.

Counsel appearing on instructions, Avinesh Reddy told the court that defence counsel was awaiting a list of witnesses that FICAC intended to call to consider whether defence would need to subpoena them or otherwise.

The matter has been adjourned for a mention on September 9.

Bail for Prakash has been further extended by the court.

 

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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