Fiji Time: 8:08 PM on Friday 24 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Conviction on record

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, May 31, 2014

AN American national who attempted to bring in guns and ammunition into the country had his sentence changed after the High Court reviewed it.

Sonny Blake was convicted of bribing a Customs officer and possession of firearms without a license by the Magistrates Court.

He was given a 12-month jail term suspended for five years, fined $1000 and conviction not recorded.

In his judgment Justice Paul Madigan said in this age where commercial intercourse was paramount and where the nation's economy depended on honesty and propriety of commercial transactions, bribery was a canker that undermined economic growth and discouraged investment.

He said bribery of public officials was more serious as it attacked the integrity of government and it injured the moral fibre of government officials while it served to disadvantage the underprivileged and the poor.

Justice Madigan said the admitted facts disclosed that the import of arms and ammunition was effected in rather suspicious circumstances.

He added the accused had attempted on at least three occasions to prevent revelations of the gun.

Justice Madigan ordered that Blake's conviction be recorded.








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 0.65090.6319
JPY 54.714051.7140
GBP 0.38790.3799
EUR 0.45160.4396
NZD 0.69980.6668
AUD 0.64240.6174
USD 0.48950.4725

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 24th, March, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 7s star told don't reoffend
  2. 'Rich kids', $13m in trust fund
  3. Kicked out
  4. Moneylenders warned
  5. Man lodges complaint against police station
  6. 242 nursing vacancies
  7. Lack of jobs top concern
  8. Fijian identity 'unifies'
  9. Khan probe continues
  10. Luveni offers condolences

Top Stories this Week

  1. Shock after brutal attack Tuesday (21 Mar)
  2. Students sent home Tuesday (21 Mar)
  3. Man rapes wife, jailed Tuesday (21 Mar)
  4. Uni urges Fijians to apply for NZ grants Monday (20 Mar)
  5. Landowners demand $20m compensation from State Thursday (23 Mar)
  6. RKS retains Tailevu Zone title Wednesday (22 Mar)
  7. Concerns over explicit online pictures Tuesday (21 Mar)
  8. QVS blue ribbon king to miss Coke Games Wednesday (22 Mar)
  9. Minister issues maternity benefits warning Tuesday (21 Mar)
  10. Stars back Tuesday (21 Mar)