A STATE witness in a trial against two men charged with the importation of controlled chemicals, and aiding and abetting told the High Court in Suva yesterday that he was offered $100 by one of the accused.
Jonetani Raloka, a Carpenters Shipping clerk, told the court Amena Araibulu offered him the $100 bill to share with the Customs officer on duty but he did not accept it.
"I tapped the box and Amena showed me a $100 bill to share with the bond officer. He told me that if there was no payment, you can buy your lunch with the Customs officer," Mr Raloka said in evidence.
Isikeli Tamani and Mr Araibulu pleaded not guilty on Tuesday when they appeared before Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam.
When cross-examined, Mr Raloka said Mr Tamani was the same person who used the name Jack Wilson on documents he had verified.
He identified Mr Tamani in court yesterday. He confirmed he received a receipt from Mr Araibulu who came to collect the box addressed to one Jack Wilson.
"I sealed the box and asked Amena as to who should sign the document. Amena told me if I could sign the documents on behalf of Jack Wilson because he is paralysed. I wrote my name because I trust him.
"After signing the document, a few Customs officers came in and I got to know that something was wrong."
He told the court he signed the document because he trusted Mr Araibulu because he knew him through work. He confessed that signing the document on behalf of Jack Wilson was a breach of company trust.
The court heard that two bags of illicit drugs, namely hydrochloride which was allegedly sent from China, were hidden in a box containing a tricycle.