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Cabbie pleads guilty

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, January 17, 2013

A taxidriver who bribed a police officer with two $10 notes during a breathalyser test has pleaded guilty to the offence.

Andrew Kamal was charged with one count of bribery and one of driving a motor vehicle without being the holder of the driving licence of the appropriate class.

He appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court on Tuesday before Sufia Hamza.

Police prosecutor Constable Elina Lotudina said Kamal was driving a taxi registration LT118 on October 9 last year when he was stopped by Saiacieli Tabalailai, a police officer conducting breathalyser operation in Suva.

The court heard while Mr Tabalailai was trying to contact Nabua Police Station from Totogo, the accused showed him two $10 notes.

Constable Lotudina said Kamal told Mr Tabalailai to take the money and buy some kava and food.

She said after the accused handed over the money, he asked to be released.

However, Mr Tabalailai refused and instead lodged a complaint against Kamal.

On the second count, Constable Lotudina said Kamal was a holder of group 2 and 8 driving licence which did not allow him to drive a taxi. Kamal has 12 previous convictions.





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