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FICAC appeals against Vakaloloma and Padarath sentence

September 28, 2018 12:47 am

The Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption is appealing against the sentence delivered by the Suva Magistrates in relation to former lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma and businessman Benjamin Padarath.

Vakaloloma and businessman Padarath who were convicted of one count each of forgery were handed a suspended sentence by the Magistrates court last month.

The duo had forged the Articles of Association of BECP Engineering Construction Fiji Ltd in October 2009.

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They did this by creating a page and changing the particulars of subscribers from Adishwar Padarath of 57 Duncan Rd, Domain, Suva, to Voreqe Bainimarama of 228 Ratu Sukuna Rd, Domain, Suva.

Vakaloloma signed as a witness to the signature while Padarath signed as one of the subscribers.

Vakaloloma who has lost his practicing certificate is also appealing against his conviction.

The matter was called before the Suva High court this morning.

The High Court is in the process of requesting the court records from the Magistrates court, with one record being used for both the cases.

Vakaloloma was represented by Filimoni Vosarogo and Padarath was represented by Seruwaia Nayacalevu on pro bono.

The matter has been adjourned to October 16th.

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