3 Aug 2005

Fiji public servant accused of abuse of state funds

10:32 am on 3 August 2005

A senior public servant in the Fiji Prime Minister's Office has been suspended over allegations of abuse of state funds.

The Fiji Times reports that the chief executive of the Prime Minister's Office, Jioji Kotobalavu, has confirmed the officer has been sent home so investigations can be carried out and disciplinary action taken.

A government source is quoted as saying the suspended officer is facing allegations of abuse of funds allocated for village development projects such as community halls.

The source said the abuse had been going on for some time.

The deputy chief executive of the Public Service Commission, Tom Lee, said he could not reveal details of the case but confirmed the officer was sent home last month.