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Former Immigration Officer and Two Others Plead Not Guilty to Bribery Charges

Media Team   |   05 Apr 2018

A former Exemption Officer of the Department of Immigration pleaded Not Guilty to corruption charges at the Suva Magistrates Court today.


Ms. Sereima Rokovada was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) for one count of “Bribery” and one count of “Using a Forged Document”.


She was charged alongside a business consultant, Mr. Parvir Rattan, and a businesswoman, Ms. Ling Gao.


Rattan pleaded Not Guilty to one count of “Bribery” and informed Court he would be representing himself for the case.


Gao also pleaded Not Guilty to one count of “Bribery” and one count of “Possession of Forged Document”


Magistrate Mr. Jioji Boseiwqa adjourned the matter to 18 April 2018 to fix a Hearing date.


Rattan and Rokovada is on bail while Gao is remanded.


Brief:

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.