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Duo plead not guilty to corruption charges

May 24, 2019 4:15 pm

Two men facing corruption-related charges have entered a not guilty plea.

Vodafone Fiji Limited’s former specialist Fraud, Risk and Corporate Security Rajneal Kumar pleaded not guilty to two counts of bribery, while suspended Police Sergeant Nilesh Kumar also denied one count each of aiding and abetting bribery and abuse of office charges.

The duo was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) last December.

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The first accused is alleged to have solicited $7,000 and accepted an advantage of $4,000 on two occasions between July and December last year.

Furthermore, the second accused, as a police officer, is alleged to have helped him acquire the $7,000 from an individual who was under investigation.

FICAC State Counsel informed the Court that Prosecution will be relying on the caution interview during the trial as there were partial admissions from both the accused persons.

The defense counsel for the first accused responded saying they will be challenging the Caution Interview, while the second accused is advised by the Magistrate to consult his lawyer on whether or not they are challenging it too.

The matter has been adjourned to July 2nd to check on voir dire grounds.

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