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Businesswoman Pleads Not Guilty to Bribery Charges

Media Team   |   25 Sep 2017

A Suva businesswoman appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court this morning and pleaded Not Guilty to two counts of Bribery.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) had charged Ms. Anita Ranjini Mala earlier this year for allegedly offering bribes to two officers of the Ministry of Labour.

Ms. Mala appeared before Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage represented by Mr. Jitend Reddy.

It is alleged that Ms. Mala, while being the owner of Celcius Fire Protection and Pest Control, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse offered an advantage of $500.00 to $800.00 to a Ministry of Labour Inspector on account of the officer performing an act in the capacity of a public servant.

It is also alleged that Ms. Mala, on another occasion, without reasonable excuse, offered an advantage of $500.00 to a Technical officer of the Ministry of Labour on account of the officer performing an act as a public servant.

Ms. Sera Fatafehi appeared for Prosecution.

Matter has been adjourned to 2 November 2017 for Mention to check on Voir Dire Grounds.