New trial dates set

Former Fiji Corrections Service commissioner Ifereimi Vasu in court .Picture: VISHAAL KUMAR

THE new trial dates for former Fiji Corrections Service commissioner Iferemi Vasu and acting deputy FCS commissioner Peniasi Kunatuba has been set from October 7 to November 8 this year.

This is after High Court judge Justice Riyaz Hamza vacated the duo’s trial dates yesterday.

It was scheduled to have started on Monday.

Both men are charged with a count each of abuse of office.

Mr Vasu is represented by Filimoni Vosarogo, while Naomi Raikaci represents Mr Kunatuba.

It is alleged that between July 11, 2013, and December 23, 2014, Mr Vasu, while being employed in the public service as corrections commissioner and as a director of Naboro Mart Ltd, in abuse of the authority of his office, allegedly facilitated and approved the purchasing of goods totalling $131,683.33 from Naboro Mart Ltd.

While being employed in the public service as the director Corporate Service and acting Deputy Commissioner FCS between January 31, 2013, and March 7, 2014, Mr Kunatuba allegedly facilitated and approved the purchasing of goods amounting to $54,734.65 from Naboro Mart Ltd.

It is alleged that both the men’s offences were contrary to the procurement regulations 2010 of the financial management act 2004 and the finance manual of the Fiji Corrections Service, which were acts prejudicial to the rights of the Fiji Government, Fiji Corrections Service and the Approved Government Contractors.

The court heard yesterday that the defence would be calling five witnesses for Mr Vasu and two witnesses for Mr Kunatuba.

FICAC confirmed they would be calling more than 10 witnesses.

Justice Hamza said since there were a number of witnesses that would be called during the trial, he did not want any break in between the trial. Both men’s bail have been extended.

The matter will be called on September 18.

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