Former Ambassador and Diplomat Denies Charges

Media Team   |   28 May 2020

A former Fijian Ambassador and diplomat denied charges against him in the Suva Magistrates Court today.

Mr Solo Mara was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in January with one (1) count each of Disobedience of Lawful Order and Giving False or Misleading Information.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges.

FICAC State Counsel Mr Darren Hickes informed the court that there were partial admissions in Mr Mara’s Caution Interview and that prosecution would be relying on that.

Chief Magistrate Mr Usaia Ratuvili adjourned the matter to 30 June 2020 to fix a hearing date.

Mr Mara’s second matter where he is charged with one (1) count each of Obtaining a Financial Advantage and Causing a Loss was also adjourned to the same date for plea.

He is alleged to have caused payments to be made to himself from the Washington Embassy funds amounting to USD$18,700.19, which is equivalent to FJD$38,481.17 between September 2016 and October 2017, whilst serving as the Fijian Ambassador to the United States of America (USA).