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10 testify in FNPF case

Mary Rauto
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TEN prosecution witnesses will take the stand in the trial against a former chief executive officer of Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).

Olota Rokovunisei is charged with one count of extortion, an alternative count of abuse of office and a second count of abuse of office.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges laid against him by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) when he appeared before High Court judge Justice Priyantha Fernando in Suva yesterday.

On the first count, it is alleged that while employed as the FNPF general manager and chief executive offcier of FNPF, Mr Rokovunisei accepted $22,773.18 on September 6, 2006 for performance of his duties, a reward which was allegedly beyond his proper pay and emoluments.

For the alternative count of abuse of office, Mr Rokovunisei allegedly received a payment of $22,773.18 as responsibility allowance from the FNPF.

For the second count of abuse of office, it is alleged that Mr Rokovunisei authorised $20,000 per annum as responsibility allowance to the then FNPF deputy general manager Foana Nemani.


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