Called for mention this morning (25.11.08) at the Suva Magistrates Court were four Post Fiji Cases.
FICAC Prosecutor Paul Madigan told Magistrate Katonivualiku that the earlier lone charge (Abuse of office) against Tevita Peni Mau was now withdrawn and consolidated with another FICAC case.
Tevita Peni Mau and Dhirendra Pratap
In this matter, Tevita Peni Mau and Dhirendra Pratap were charged with one count of Extortion and one count of Abuse of Office which has been consolidated. Mr. Mau (former Managing Director) approved payment for reward of duty to Mr. Pratap (former General Manager Finance).
Mr. Mau was represented by Devanesh Sharma and Mr. Pratap by Mehboo Raza.
FICAC Prosecutor Paul Madigan submitted that he had 12 prosecution witnesses for the said matter and wished to have two days for the trial.The matter has been adjourned to 14th and 15th April 2009 for hearing.
Mahendra Motibhai Patel, Tevita Peni Mau and Dhirendra Pratap (Early retirement payments)
The said three are charged with two counts of Abuse of Office, one count of Extortion, one Aiding and abetting abuse of office and one false certificate by public office.
Mr Patel was represented by Mr. Hemendra Naggin.
FICAC submitted that it had 12 prosecution witnesses and needed three days to hear the trial.
The matter has been adjourned to 12th, 13th, and 14th May 2009 for hearing.
Mahendra Motibhai Patel and Tevita Peni Mau
Mr. Mau had approved the payment of $75,000 for purchase of an external Seiko Clock without following proper tender procedures.
Mr. Patel (former Chairman of the Board of Directors) had allowed the purchase of the Seiko Clock from Prouds, a company owned by him. He failed to disclose his interest and relationship with the company.
The said two have been charged with two counts of Abuse of office and one count of Conspiracy to defraud.
FICAC submitted that it had 10 witnesses for this matter and needed two days to hear the trial.
The matter has been adjourned to 25th and 26th May 2009 for hearing.
Tevita Peni Mau and Vinesh Kumar
The said two conspired together and processed a bonus payment to Vinesh Kumar (former General Manager Marketing and New Business) in 2006.
They were charged with one count of Conspiracy to Defraud, one count of Abuse of Office and one count of Extortion.
FICAC has seven witnesses for the prosecution.
The matter has been adjourned to 23rd and 24th April 2009 for hearing.