Ex-civil servant and business executives deny corruption charges

Update: 12:39PM THREE people who are facing corruption charges pleaded not guilty to the offences they are charged with at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Sereima Rokovada, a former Exemption Officer of the Department of Immigration, Parvir Rattan, a business consultant, and businesswoman Ling Gao are all being charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

Ms Rokovada is charged with bribery and using a forged document.

Mr Rattan is charged with bribery and Ms Gao is also facing bribery charges and one count of possession of the forged document.

It is alleged that in January this year, Ms Rokavada accepted an advantage of $100 without lawful authority or reasonable excuse in her capacity as a public servant from Ms Gao and Mr Rattan.

It is also alleged Ms Rokavada knowingly used an altered work permit on Ms Gao’s Chinese passport with the intention of inducing an immigration officer.

The trio appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa who has adjourned the matter to April 18 to fix a hearing date. 

Mr Rattan and Ms Rokovada are on bail while Ms Gao has been further remanded.