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Salote Radrodro Guilty For Obtaining Public Money On False Declaration To Parliament Of Fiji.

Radrodro, through the false declaration obtained $37,921.13 between June 2019 and April 2020.
06 Sep 2022 11:02
Salote Radrodro Guilty For Obtaining Public Money On False Declaration To Parliament Of Fiji.
SODELPA Member of Parliament, Salote Radrodro walking to the High Court in Suva on September 6, 2022. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The Anti-Corruption High Court Judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumarage this morning has ruled that Radrodro is guilty of providing false information and claiming $37,921.13 from the Parliament.

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

The Court ruled that Radrodro breached the Parliamentary Remuneration Act of 2014 when she claimed travel and accommodation allowances she was not entitled to.

 

Radrodro falsely stated to the Parliament in a Member of Parliament Declaration Form that her permanent place of residence was in Namulomulo village, Nabouwalu, Bua, which was 30 kilometres away from the Parliament enabling her to he entitled to claim travel and accommodation claims.

Radrodro, through the false declaration obtained $37,921.13 between June 2019 and April 2020.

However, the learned Judge found from the evidence presented in trial that Radrodro’s permanent residence was Tacirua Heights in Suva as opposed to what she declared to the Parliament in order to claim for Parliament allowances.

 

Justice Dr Kumarage said as per the evidence presented in Court, it was proved that Radrodro knew or believed that the information she gave to Parliament of her permanent residence being Namulomulo Village in Nabouwalu, Bua, was false.

He said Radrodro changed her permanent residency knowing the acting secretary-general of Parliament would not approve the payment of large amount of public money if she knew Radrodro resided in Suva.

He further said that as a seasoned politician and a civil servant of 36 years, Radrodro failed to adhere to the law of this country.

Radrodro now stands convicted for both charges.

 

For full details of the court proceeding, grab your copy of the Fiji Sun tomorrow or subscribe to the e-edition.

 

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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