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Ex WAF Employees Take Plea

Media Team   |   10 Jan 2019

A Not Guilty plea was entered at the Suva Magistrates Court today by two (2) former Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) employees charged with corruption.


The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged the duo in June, with the first Accused, Mr. Laisiasa Valesu facing one (1) count each of Abuse of Office, Forgery and Obtaining a Financial Advantage of $13,348.19 FJD in 2016.


The second Accused, Ms. Vilimaina Kalokalo was charged with one (1) count of Abuse of Office.


Defence lawyers Ms. Talei Kean and Mr. Kevueli Tunidau informed the court that they would not be challenging the Caution Interviews.


FICAC State Counsel Mr. Joseph Work said that there were full admissions in the Caution Interview of the first Accused which they would be using during trial along with 20 witnesses and 11 documents.


Resident Magistrate Mr. Asanga Bodaragama adjourned the matter to 4 April 2019.


Background:


It is alleged that Valesu, the former WAF Land Acquisition Officer, enabled the processing of false payments using falsified documents which allowed him to obtain the above mentioned monetary advantage under the Painapiu Sewerage Projects.


Kalokalo, the former WAF Assistant Project Manager is alleged to have facilitated the processing of these false payments.