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FICAC appeals sentence in a corruption case

October 9, 2017 4:52 am

The Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption is appealing a sentence that was handed down to a former chief administrative officer of the Ministry of Economy.

Meli Bitu was convicted of one count of receiving a corrupt benefit and another count of false or misleading information.

He was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and suspended for three years by the Suva Magistrates Court in May.

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Bitu without lawful authority or reasonable excuse received a benefit of over twelve thousand dollars for himself in May 2013.

He appeared before Judge Justice Salesi Temo today.

FICAC claims the sentence handed to Bitu is too lenient for the crime he committed.

The matter has been adjourned to October 31st.

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