Chinese National Remanded over Bribery Charges

Media Team   |   27 Feb 2018

A Chinese National has been remanded in custody after being charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for corruption related offences.

Ms. Ling Gao appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court before Magistrate Mr. Jioji Boseiwaqa after being charged by FICAC on 23 February 2018. FICAC Counsel, Ms. Anaseini Lomani had objected to bail and the matter was adjourned to today for ruling on bail.

She was represented by Mr. Niko Nawaikula.

After considering the arguments from both the Counsels, Magistrate Boseiwaqa stated that the “Court therefore finds that the first defendant is not lawfully in Fiji and it is not in the public interest for a prohibited migrant to be released on bail”

She was charged alongside an Exemption Officer of the Department of Immigration, Ms. Sereima Rokovada, and a business consultant, Mr. Parvir Rattan.

It is alleged that Rokavada in January 2018, in the Central division while employed at the Department of Immigration accepted an advantage of FJD $100.00 without lawful authority or reasonable excuse in her capacity as a public servant from Gao and Rattan. It is also alleged that Rokavada knowingly used an altered work permit on Gao’s Chinese passport with the intention of inducing an immigration officer.

Gao and Rattan was charged for one count of bribery for allegedly offering an advantage of FJD $100.00 to Rokovada.

Gao was also charged with “Possession of Forged Document”, for knowingly possessing a false document namely an altered work permit on her Chinese Passport with intention to use the forged document.

Rattan and Sereima was released on bail on 23 February and a stop departure issued accordingly.

The matter has been adjourned to 14 March 2018 for second phase disclosures to be served.