Senior Accountant and Transport Provider front Anti-Corruption Court for corruption related offences

Senior Accountant and Transport Provider front Anti-Corruption Court for corruption related offences

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Saturday 19/11/2022
[Photos: FICAC]

A Senior Accountant with the Ministry of Education based at the Transport Assistance Unit and a Transport Provider appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court Anti-Corruption Division charged for corruption related offences.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption have charged Ivamere Lagilagi Driu and Surend Kumar with one count each of bribery.

It is alleged that on the 15th of October, 2019, Kumar offered a Toyota Crown vehicle to Driu, a Senior Accountant based at the Transport Assistance Unit with the Ministry of Education on account of her performing any act in her capacity as a Senior Accountant.

It is further alleged that on the 15th of October, 2019, Driu accepted the Toyota Crown vehicle from Kumar.

FICAC State Counsel Raji Pathak informed the court that the first phase of disclosures has been served.

Resident Magistrate Jeremiah Savou granted a non-cash bail of $1000 for each of the accused and they have been ordered not to re-offend whilst on bail.

Driu and Kumar were also ordered not to interfere with prosecution witnesses and not to change their residential addresses without first informing the court.

Driu has been ordered to report to the FICAC Suva Office once a month commencing from today, while Kumar has been ordered to report to the Sigatoka Police Station once a month commencing also from today.

The travel documents for Kumar were surrendered to court and a stop departure order was also issued against Driu and Kumar.

The case will be called again on the 15th of next month for the second phase of disclosures to be filed.



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