Sayed-Khaiyum case on alleged payment of Saneem's taxes without proper approval

Sayed-Khaiyum case on alleged payment of Saneem's taxes without proper approval

By fijivillage
Tuesday 11/06/2024
Former Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem

It is alleged that between the 30th of June, 2022 and the 12th of July, 2022 in Suva, whilst being employed in the civil service as the Acting Prime Minister of Fiji, Sayed-Khaiyum signed a Deed of Variation and Addendum between the Government of Fiji and the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, agreeing to pay the taxes of Mohammed Saneem without the proper approval of the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President of Fiji, in abuse of the authority of his office, which was an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights of the Government of Fiji.


Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to appear in court today

By Vijay Narayan, Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 13/06/2023
Former Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Former Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will appear in the Suva Magistrates Court today in relation to his abuse of office case.

The second set of disclosures are expected to be filed today.

It is alleged that between the 30th of June, 2022 and the 12th of July, 2022 in Suva, whilst being employed in the civil service as the Acting Prime Minister of Fiji, Sayed-Khaiyum signed a Deed of Variation and Addendum between the Government of Fiji and the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, agreeing to pay the taxes of Mohammed Saneem without the proper approval of the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President of Fiji, in abuse of the authority of his office, which was an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights of the Government of Fiji.

Sayed-Khaiyum is currently out on bail.

His bail conditions include reporting at the Namaka Police Station on the last Saturday of every month between 6am to 6pm, not interfering with witnesses, 2 sureties and a personal surety of $10,000, not to reoffend, surrender his travel documents and to reside at his residence in Martintar, Nadi.

A plea will be taken at a later date.



Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to reappear in court today

By Vijay Narayan, Navitalai Naivalurua
Tuesday 05/09/2023
Former Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Former Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will reappear in the Suva Magistrates Court today in relation to his case where he is charged with one count of abuse of office.

His charge relates to a report lodged by the Acting Supervisor of Elections, Ana Mataiciwa. It is alleged that Sayed-Khaiyum between June 30th and July 12th last year, while being the Acting Prime Minister, signed a Deed of Variation and Addendum between the Government and the then Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

It is alleged the approval for the government to pay the taxes of Saneem was done without the proper approval of the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President.

Sayed-Khaiyum has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Stay with us for developments.



Sayed-Khaiyum in court today after returning from overseas following medical procedures

By Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 16/01/2024
Former Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Former Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is in court this morning after being granted a bail variation to undergo medical procedures overseas.

The Suva Magistrates Court had granted variation to his bail conditions in September and he returned to the country on Boxing Day last year.

He was ordered to return his passport to the court registry in October, however an application for further bail variation was granted by the court as he was still undergoing medical procedures.

The Acting Director Public Prosecutions is appearing for the State.

Sayed-Khaiyum’s charge relates to a report lodged by the Acting Supervisor of Elections, Ana Mataiciwa. It is alleged that Sayed-Khaiyum between June 30th and July 12th 2022, while being the Acting Prime Minister, signed a Deed of Variation and Addendum between the Government and the then Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

It is alleged the approval for the government to pay the taxes of Saneem was done without the proper approval of the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President.

Stay with us for updates.



Sayed-Khaiyum to appear in court for charges relating to alleged payment of Saneem’s taxes without proper approval

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 19/03/2024
Former AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with lawyer Devanesh Sharma outside court earlier today [Image: File]

Former Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will appear in the Suva Magistrates Court today in the case where it is alleged that he approved for the government to pay the taxes of former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem without the proper approval of the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President.

Sayed-Khaiyum’s charge relates to a report lodged by the Acting Supervisor of Elections, Ana Mataiciwa.

It is alleged that Sayed-Khaiyum between June 30th and July 12th 2022, while being the Acting Prime Minister, signed a Deed of Variation and Addendum between the Government and the then Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.



Saneem to appear in court for the charge of receiving a corrupt benefit

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 19/03/2024
Former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem [Image: File]

Former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, who is charged with one count of Receiving a Corrupt Benefit, will appear in the Suva Magistrates Court today.

It is alleged that between the 1st of June 2022 and the 31st of July 2022, while being employed as the Supervisor of Elections, Saneem without lawful authority and reasonable excuse, asked for, and obtained a benefit for himself, that is, the approval and payment of deductible tax relief of more than $50,000 on his back pay from a senior Government official.

Stay with us for updates.



Bail extended for Sayed-Khaiyum and Saneem in former SOE tax payment cases

By Karishma Kumari
Tuesday 19/03/2024
Former Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem

Former Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who is charged with allegedly approving the government to pay the taxes of former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem without the proper approval of the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President, will now re-appear in the Suva Magistrates Court on the 9th of April.

Sayed-Khaiyum’s bail has been extended by Magistrate Namrata Mishra.

Sayed-Khaiyum’s charge relates to a report lodged by the Acting Supervisor of Elections, Ana Mataiciwa.

It is alleged that Sayed-Khaiyum between June 30th and July 12th 2022, while being the Acting Prime Minister, signed a Deed of Variation and Addendum between the Government and the then Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

Meanwhile Saneem who is charged with one count of receiving a corrupt benefit, had his bail extended by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Magistrate Namrata Mishra has adjourned his case to 9th April.

It is alleged that between the 1st of June 2022 and the 31st of July 2022, while being employed as the Supervisor of Elections, Saneem without lawful authority and reasonable excuse, asked for, and obtained a benefit for himself, that is, the approval and payment of deductible tax relief of more than $50,000 on his back pay from a senior Government official.



State given 7 days to apply for amendment of affidavit in Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum's case

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Wednesday 01/05/2024
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (right) with lawyer, Devanesh Sharma (left) outside court.

The Suva Magistrates Court has given 7 days for the State to file an amendment of affidavit in the case of former Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum regarding the alleged tax payment to former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

DPP lawyer, Nancy Tikoisuva had asked the court if they could make an amendment to the affidavit as there is an error.

She says they will need 7 days.

Sayed-Khaiyum’s lawyer Devanesh Sharma did not object to this and also asked the court if Sayed-Khaiyum's name be amended to include a hyphen between Sayed and Khaiyum.

Acting Chief Magistrate Josaia Waqaivolavola gave the State Counsel 7 days to file for the amendment of the affidavit, and he gave the defence counsel 14 days to respond.

Mgaistrate Waqaivolavola also gave both counsels another 7 days for simultaneous submissions.

The case will be called again at 11am on the 10th of June.

Sayed-Khaiyum is charged with allegedly approving the government to pay the taxes of former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem without proper approval of the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President.

His charge relates to a report lodged by the Acting Supervisor of Elections, Ana Mataiciwa.

It is alleged that Sayed-Khaiyum between June 30th and July 12th 2022, while being the Acting Prime Minister, signed a Deed of Variation and Addendum the Government and the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.



Sayed-Khaiyum applies for bail variation to travel to Singapore for medical reason

By Rashika Kumar
Monday 10/06/2024
Former AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Former SOE Mohammed Saneem.

The lawyers of former Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum have applied for bail variation to allow Sayed-Khaiyum to travel to Singapore for medical reason.

In this case, Sayed-Khaiyum and former Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem are charged for the alleged payment of Saneem's taxes without proper approval.

Sayed-Khaiyum’s lawyer, Devanesh Sharma informed the court that Sayed-Khaiyum intends to travel from the 14th of June to the 1st of July.

He says Sayed-Khaiyum, while on bail, has travelled before and has returned to Fiji.

DPP lawyer Nimisha Shankar says the State is seeking 7 days time to file their response.

The matter will be called at 11.30am Monday for a hearing on the bail variation.

Meanwhile, the Office of the DPP has also filed an application to consolidate the charges against the two and has filed the supporting affidavit.

Sharma says they are objecting to this on the possibility of having a cut-throat defence.

This matter will be called on the 16th of July to fix a hearing date.

It is alleged that Sayed-Khaiyum between June 30th and July 12th in 2022, while being the Acting Prime Minister, signed a Deed of Variation and Addendum between the Government and the then Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

It is alleged the approval for the government to pay the taxes of Saneem was done without the proper approval of the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President.



Hearing on DPP's application to consolidate charges against Sayed-Khaiyum and Saneem in August

By Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 16/07/2024
Former Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem

The matter where the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions has applied to consolidate the charges against former Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem, will be heard on the 6th of August.

Acting DPP Nancy Tikoisuva says they have filed and served their application and affidavit.

Sayed-Khaiyum and Saneem's lawyer, Devanesh Sharma says are objecting to the application based on the facts of the case.

Sayed-Khaiyum is charged with one count of abuse of office.

His charge relates to a report lodged by the Supervisor of Elections, Ana Mataiciwa.

It is alleged that Sayed-Khaiyum between June 30th and July 12th in 2022, while being the Acting Prime Minister, signed a Deed of Variation and Addendum between the Government and the then Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

It is alleged the approval for the government to pay the taxes of Saneem was done without the proper approval of the Constitutional Offices Commission and the President.

Sayed-Khaiyum has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Saneem is charged with one count of Receiving a Corrupt Benefit.

It is alleged that between the 1st of June 2022 and the 31st of July 2022, while being employed as the Supervisor of Elections, Saneem without lawful authority and reasonable excuse, asked for, and obtained a benefit for himself, that is, the approval and payment of deductible tax relief of more than $50,000 on his back pay from a senior Government official.



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