Marawa and Shekeb deny charges

Update: 2:57PM THE former National Manager Border Customs for the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) and a businessman pleaded not guilty to bribery-related charges at the High Court in Suva today.

Josefa Marawa and Abdul Shekeb appeared before Justice Vincent Perera.

Mr Marawa is charged with two counts of bribery and Mr Shekeb faces two counts of bribery of public servants by persons having dealings with public bodies.

It is alleged that in April 2015, Mr Shekeb, without lawful authority in the course of having dealings with FRCA offered a gift or a favour in the form of a vehicle to Mr Marawa, a public servant employed by FRCA.

It is also alleged that in July 2015, Mr Shekeb offered without lawful authority in his dealings with FRCA a loan of $4000 to Marawa.

Mr Marawa is alleged to have accepted a gift or favour in the form of a vehicle and $4000 without any lawful authority while being employed as the acting National Manager Border, Customs at FRCA on account of his performing any act in his capacity as acting National Manager Border, Customs at the FRCA.

The matter has been adjourned to November 17 for a pre-trial conference.

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