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6 SODELPA MPs plead not guilty while Prakash's plea deferred
FICAC intends to transfer cases to High Court

6 SODELPA MPs plead not guilty while Prakash's plea deferred

FICAC intends to transfer cases to High Court

By Semi Turaga
Monday 25/01/2021
Salote Radrodro, Vijendra Prakash, Adi Litia Qionibaravi, Niko Nawaikula, Peceli Vosanibola , Simione Rasova and Ratu Suliano Matanitobua.

Six SODELPA parliamentarians each pleaded not guilty today to one count of giving false information to a public servant and one count of obtaining a financial advantage before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili in the Suva Magistrates Court.

They are Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Salote Radrodro, Simione Rasova, Niko Nawaikula, Peceli Vosanibola and Adi Litia Qionibaravi.

Former FijiFirst parliamentarian Vijendra Prakash will enter his plea on the 9th of next month.

His lawyer informed court that Prakash was not ready.

The seven parliamentarians allegedly claimed a combined total of $186,749.20 in parliamentary allowances that they were not entitled to.

They are alleged to have provided false information to the Acting Secretary-General to Parliament regarding their permanent place of residence in order to have their allowance claims approved.

FICAC lawyers have indicated that they intend to make an application for the cases to be transferred to the High Court.

They have been given seven days to make the applications by Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili.

All cases have been adjourned to the 9th of next month.

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