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FICAC charges Taniela Bolea with 4 counts of Abuse of Office

Media Team   |   30 Mar 2009

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption has charged Fiji Audio Visual Commission chief executive officer Taniela Bolea with four counts of Abuse of Office.

Bolea on count one, on or about January 12, 2004 is alleged to have approved the payment of $7,248.48 to ANZ Bank for Visa Business Account Number 4999-6400-0007-3187 without the approval of the FAVC chairman thereby causing prejudice to the rights of the FAVC.

On count two, on or about April 8, 2004 allegedly approved the payment of $4,286.13 to the same account without the chairman’s approval.

On count three, on or about August 8, 2005 allegedly approved the payment of $2,930.94 to the same account and on count four, on or about July 31, 2007 Bolea allegedly approved the payment of $823.59 to the same account without the chairman’s approval.

He appeared before Magistrate Josaia Waqaivolavola yesterday and was served with first phase disclosures.

His lawyer Mele Rakai made an application for plea to be deferred to enable her to peruse the disclosures and asked for a two weeks adjourment.

FICAC lawyer Paul Madigan did not object to the application and Magistrate Waqaivolavola adjourned the case to February 9.

In adjourning the case Magistrate Waqaivolavola also deferred the plea and released Bolea on a $500 bail.