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Bail Denied for Chinese National

Media Team   |   15 Aug 2018

The Chinese national currently facing corruption related charges in the Suva Magistrates Court had her second bail application refused on 13 August.


Ms. Ling Gao was charged earlier this year by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one (1) count each of "Bribery" and "Possession of Forged Document".


Resident Magistrate Mr. Kashyapa Wickramasekara labeled the application for bail as a frivolous one and refused it in the interest of justice.


Furthermore, the Court noted that the Accused is already on a Warrant of Detention and Removal Order by the Permanent Secretary for Immigration and that there was no change of circumstance to justify a second bail application.


FICAC Counsel Ms. Anaseini Lomani appeared for Prosecution with the Accused being represented by Mr. Isireli Ramanu.


She is to be further remanded in custody pending trial for the above mentioned charges.


Twenty-eight (28) days was given for Appeal.


Background:


Ms. Ling Gao is charged alongside two other individuals for allegedly offering $100.00 to an Exemption Officer at the Department of Immigration to alter the Work Permit on her Chinese passport in January of this year.


The other two accused in this matter are Mr. Parvir Rattan who faces one (1) count of "Bribery" and the above mentioned officer, Ms. Sereima Rokovada faces one (1) count each of "Bribery" and "Using a Forged Document".