Katia to be sentenced in December

Former acting deputy official receiver at the Ministry of Justice, Viliame Katia (left) will be sentenced in December. Picture: FILE

I AM looking at all the details of this case slowly and the more I read it, the more I think it should not be rushed.

This was the reason given by Suva High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo in the case of the former acting deputy official receiver of the Ministry of Justice, Viliame Katia who was supposed to be sentenced this morning.

Katia was convicted of 11 counts of corrupt-related matters and was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by the Suva Magistrates Court in 2017, which FICAC had appealed against.

Katia was convicted after he pleaded guilty to three counts of abuse of office for gain, four counts of forgery, one count of embezzlement, one count of giving false information to a public servant, one count of unauthorized modification of data and one count of obtaining financial advantage.

The total amount involved was $4.1 million.

Justice Temo said the amount involved is more than $4million which is very serious.

He has remanded Katia and will sentence him on December 28.

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