Duo to be sentenced next month

Benjamin Padarath (left) and Aseri Vakaloloma outside court today. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE

SUVA lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma and businessman Benjamin Padarath who have been convicted of a count each of forgery will be sentenced next month by the Suva Magistrates Court.

The duo who are charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili today.

Padarath and Vakaloloma forged the Articles of Association of BECP Engineering Construction (Fiji) Ltd with a false page 27 by altering the subscription for Adishwar Padarath to Voreqe Bainimarama.

The incident occurred between October 14, 2009, and December 31, 2009.

Padarath’s defence lawyer Aman-Ravindra Singh asked the court to consider a suspended sentence while Vakaloloma’s lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo has asked the court for a non-conviction order.

Bail has been extended for the duo and they will be sentenced on August 22.

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