AG: FICAC independent

PARLIAMENT cannot direct the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) to prosecute someone, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Responding to queries from parliamentarians, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said FICAC was an independent body.

“Our Parliament is fairly new and FICAC was created in the absence of a Parliament,” he said.

“The first Parliament session was convened in October of last year so we really are about less than a year old.”

He said in incidences of suspected corruption, protocol was followed and complaints lodged with FICAC.

“There have not been any direct references; there has been a Public Account Committee report on the floor, which the Finance Minister will go through the report then respond.”

He said if there was a need, issues from the report would be referred to FICAC.

“They will see if there is enough evidence to prosecute but you don’t have the ability to direct them.

“That undermines the principles of the organisation, one of which is that they have to be independent.”