Trial date set for FICAC case against Olota Rokovunisei and Foana Nemani

Media Team   |   30 Mar 2009

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption case against former Fiji National Provident Fund General Manager Olota Rokovunisei and Deputy General Manager Foana Nemani will go to trial on July 20 to 24.

The duo appeared before Magistrate Shafiullah Khan and pleaded not guilty to eight counts of charges of official corruption, extortion by public officers and abuse of office.

Initially they were charged with nine counts, but count nine was yesterday withdrawn by FICAC lawyer Paul Madigan under Section 201(2)(b)(ii) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Defence counsel Graham Leung made an application for an acquittal on count nine and there was no objection from Mr Madigan.

Magistrate Khan set March 10 as a date for pre-trial conference to facilitate the hearing of in-house issues.