Assistant Estate Officer and Farmer Charged

Media Team   |   16 Jul 2020

An iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) employee and a farmer were produced in the Nadi Magistrates Court today on corruption related offences.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Mr Solomone Keteravu and Mr Jason Zhong with one (1) count of Bribery each under the Prevention of Bribery Act.

It is alleged that while serving as an Assistant Estate Officer in the TLTB Nadi branch, he accepted an advantage of $300.00 FJD from Mr Zhong to perform any act in his capacity as a public servant.

FICAC State Counsel Mr Darren Hickes represented Prosecution.

The charges were read to the first accused in the iTaukei language while the second accused requested for a Mandarin interpreter, who will be present on the next court date.

The men were released on bail and were instructed to surrender their travel documents and not to re-offend and not to interfere with prosecution witnesses.

A stop departure order was also issued accordingly.

The matter was adjourned to 31 August 2020.