The Suva Magistrates Court yesterday ruled that there is a case to answer in a corruption case involving two police officers and a businessman.
In her Ruling, Magistrate Deepika Prakash stated that there is relevant and admissible evidence to implicate the trio for each element of their respective offences and that a reasonable tribunal could convict on the evidence produced.
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) had in 2016 charged businessman Bharat Jogia, the Director of Maruti Jewellery Limited, for one (1) count of Bribery.
It is alleged that Jogia offered a return air ticket from Suva to Labasa, as well as accommodation at a hotel in Labasa to Samuela Dakuitoga, who at the time was a Corporal based at the Totogo Police Station Crime Investigation Branch, in order to expedite the investigation for a case in which Jogia was the complainant.
Samuela Dakuitoga was charged with two (2) counts of Bribery. For his first charge, it is alleged that Dakuitoga, while being employed as a Corporal based at the Totogo Police Station Crime Investigation Branch, accepted advantages in the form of a return air ticket from Suva to Labasa and accommodation at a hotel in Labasa from Bharat Jogia in order to expedite the investigation for a case in which Jogia was the complainant.
For his second charge, Samuela Dakuitoga is alleged to have solicited and thereafter accepted the total amount of $300.00 from an individual in order to carry out an act in his capacity as a Corporal at the Fiji Police Force.
The then Acting Superintendent of Police, Ifereimi Savou, was charged with one (1) count of Abuse of Office. It is alleged that Savou abused the authority of his office by approving private funds from Bharat Jogia to conduct a police investigation, an act which was prejudicial to the rights of the Fiji Police Force.
The matter was adjourned to 8 December 2020 to fix a date for the Defence case.