Fiji Time: 6:22 PM on Friday 28 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Official in remand

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, January 23, 2014

A SENIOR Ministry of Public Enterprise official charged with corruption-related offences has been remanded by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Meli Bitu is charged with one count of receiving a corrupt benefit and one of misleading information.

He is alleged to have taken $12,592.95 and given a false declaration to the Ministry of Finance permanent secretary regarding a surgery.

The alleged offences took place when he was the ministry's chief administration officer. Mr Bitu told the court he understood the charges.

However, a plea was not taken as the defence counsel told the court the accused would be ready for plea once full disclosures were served.

The FICAC prosecution did not object to bail, however, the accused had to surrender his passport and produce a surety who was neither his spouse nor a work colleague.

Mr Bitu had brought a former work colleague as a surety but this was rejected by Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili after it was discovered the accused held a more senior post than his former colleague surety.

Mr Ratuvili ordered Mr Bitu to remain in custody until Friday when he is required to produce a better surety.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65730.6383
JPY 54.283651.2836
GBP 0.37250.3645
EUR 0.44340.4314
NZD 0.70770.6747
AUD 0.64900.6240
USD 0.48450.4675

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th, April, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Mystery chests
  2. Biman 'removed'
  3. Call to reopen case
  4. PM turns 63
  5. House Speaker assures fairness
  6. Uate helps teams
  7. RBF 'bore cost of special $7 note, 50c coin'
  8. Fiji holds talks to secure 'safe haven'
  9. College to offer care course
  10. Debate over NFU agenda

Top Stories this Week

  1. Salaries reduced Thursday (27 Apr)
  2. Luveni: Drug shortage not urgent Tuesday (25 Apr)
  3. Nominate while you can Saturday (22 Apr)
  4. PM upsets church Tuesday (25 Apr)
  5. Mystery chests Friday (28 Apr)
  6. Another version of history A tribute to the contribution of Fiji Nepalis Sunday (23 Apr)
  7. Villagers defy State sacking Thursday (27 Apr)
  8. Cokes17: ACS ends purple reign Saturday (22 Apr)
  9. Hard work never fails Thursday (27 Apr)
  10. Her dream a reality Tuesday (25 Apr)