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Duo Deny Corruption Charges

Media Team   |   23 Jan 2020

A former Ministry employee and company Director charged for alleged corrupt activity entered a not guilty plea in the Labasa Magistrates Court on Monday.


Mr Dinesh Dayal and Mr Rajeshwar Prasad face a joint count of Conspiracy to Defraud – Causing a Loss and one (1) count each of Obtaining a Financial Advantage after being charged last August by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).


The duo are alleged to have caused a loss of $6,000.00 FJD to the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Natural Disaster Management in 2015 by causing a false payment of that amount to be made to Northern Timber and Hardware Limited for the supply of materials for the Naseva Water Project without the materials being delivered.


It is further alleged that the actions of the Accused persons in causing the false payment of $6,000.00 to be made by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Natural Disaster Management to Northern Timber and Hardware Limited for the supply of materials for the Naseva Water Project, led to the company obtaining a financial advantage amounting to $6,000.00 FJD.


The matter was adjourned to 4 February 2020 for Pre-Trial Conference.