Trial date moved to tomorrow due to power outage

Former Fiji Corrections Service commissioner Ifereimi Vasu in court .Picture: VISHAAL KUMAR

THE trial for  former Fiji Corrections Service commissioner Iferemi Vasu and acting deputy FCS commissioner Peniasi Kunatuba who are both facing abuse of office charges will begin tomorrow at 10.30am at the High Court in Suva.

Initially,  the trial was set to commence this morning  but due to a power outage at the Courthouse,  judge Justice Riyaz Hamza adjourned the trial to begin from tomorrow.

Both men are charged with a count each of abuse of office.

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, 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.

The trial is expected to conclude by  July 26.

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