Public Official and Private Company Executive Deny Charges

Media Team   |   20 Oct 2020

A former public official charged alongside a former private company executive pleaded not guilty to corruption-related charges in the Suva Magistrates Court today.

The duo, Mr Aliki Bilitaki Tuimakutu and Mr Ajesh Kumar Sharma were charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in July this year with one (1) count of Receiving a Corrupt Benefit and Giving Corrupt Benefits to Public Officials respectively.

It is alleged that while serving with the Rural Housing Unit at the Commissioner Northern Division Office, Tuimakutu received return air tickets for his wife and himself with cash benefits worth $1,238.50 FJD.

Sharma is alleged to have offered the above advantages in his capacity as Manager Sales and Company Secretary for Buildex Marketing Limited in order to influence Tuimakutu’s official duties as a public official between January and November 2014.

The matter was adjourned to 17 November 2020.