High Court trial dates set for Vasu and Kunatuba

Former Fiji Corrections Service commissioner Ifereimi Vasu outside the High Court in Suva. Picture: ELIKI RAVUTIA/FILE

THE High Court in Suva has set the trial dates for former Fiji Corrections Service commissioner Iferemi Vasu and acting deputy FCS commissioner Peniasi Kunatuba who are both facing abuse of office charges.

Both men appeared before judge Justice Riyaz Hamza today charged with a count each of abuse of office.

The Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) had made an application to vacate the dates for a trial that was set for July 1 to July 26 this year on the grounds that it would be insufficient.

It is alleged that between July 11, 2013, and December 23, 2014, Mr Vasu while being employed in the public service as the Commissioner Fiji Corrections Service and as a Director of Naboro Mart Limited, in abuse of the authority of his office, did arbitrary acts for the purpose of gain, namely facilitating and approving the purchasing of goods in the amount of $131,683.33 from the Naboro Mart Limited.

Mr Kunatuba is alleged to have between January 31, 2013, and March 7, 2014, while being employed in the public service as the Director Corporate Service and acting Deputy Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service, in abuse of the authority of his office, did arbitrary acts for the purpose of gain, namely facilitating and approving the purchasing of goods in the amount of $54,734.65 from the Naboro Mart Limited.

It is alleged that both men’s offences were contrary to the Procurement Regulations 2010 of the Financial Management Act 2004 and the Finance Manual of the Fiji Corrections Service, which were acts prejudicial to the rights of the Fiji Government, Fiji Corrections Service and the Approved Government Contractors.

Justice Hamza informed court that he did not see any reasons as to why the trial could not be completed in three weeks and dismissed the application by FICAC.

Both men are contesting the charges laid against them.

The trial has now been scheduled to start from July 1 to July 26.

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