Naval officers to be sentenced next week

Ensign Mike Brown and Lieutenant Ben Salacakau during a break at the court martial at the Queen Elizabeth barracks in Nabua earlier. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

THE four navy officers who caused the grounding of Fiji’s Naval Ship (RFNS) Kiro will be sentenced next week Tuesday.

Lieutenant Commander Saula Tuilevuka, Lieutenant Samuela Cikaitoga, Lieutenant Ben Salacakau and Ensign Mike Brown were convicted of causing the wreck of RFNS Kiro at Belcher Reef on July 14, 2016.

Judge advocate and former High Court judge Lieutenant Colonel Jiten Singh had earlier said Fiji was situated in a maritime zone and the RFNS Kiro was an asset to the Fiji Navy as it assisted them to deliver their service more efficiently.

He added that the Fiji Navy suffered a total loss because of the grounding of the vessel.

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