A SENIOR police officer denied charges of bribery and abuse of office yesterday.
Simione Bale, the former deputy divisional police commander Western, pleaded not guilty to two counts of abuse of office and two counts of bribery.
He appeared before magistrate Lakmini Girihagama in the Lautoka Magistrates Court.
Mr Bale was represented by Lautoka lawyer Iqbal Khan while Shelyn Kiran appeared for the Director of Public Prosecutions office.
It is alleged that while employed as a police officer, he ordered the closure of Leon's Nightclub in Lautoka on December 24 last year. Police also allege that between April 1 and September 30, 2011, Mr Bale had asked for a benefit of $300 from one Kaliappan Reddy.
He is also alleged to have asked for a benefit of $500 from Mr Reddy on December 25 last year. It is also alleged that he directed the closure of Mammu's Fastfood Takeaway and Milkbar on December 25 last year.
Ms Kiran told the court that prosecution would call six witnesses during the hearing.
Mr Khan said he was not in a position at this stage to disclose how many witnesses he would call.
The case has been adjourned to January 6 and 7 next year for a hearing.