Assessors retire to deliberate road scam case
June 18, 2015 11:11 pm
Four assessors have gone behind the closed doors to deliberate a verdict on the alleged multi-million dollar scam case involving the upgrade of roads in Nausori Highlands.
While summing up the case this morning, Judge Justice Paul Madigan told the four assessors to look at the four accused separately as evidence was produced in court separately and they are charged with separate charges.
The four accused are Ba businessman, Feroz Jan Mohammed, Iliesa Turagacati, Navitalai Tamanitoakula and Aisea Liwaiono.
Mohammad, Turagacati and Tamanitoakula are charged with Bribery, Obtaining a Financial Advantage and Abuse of Office while Liwaiono has been charged with Causing a Loss.
They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mohammed disputes that the money paid to Turagacati was in form of royalty payments for the use of his land and was also for the purchase of fish as Turagacati had a fish business.
The third accused Tamanitoakula did not give any evidence in court and Judge Justice Paul Madigan told the assessors that it was his right not to defend his case.