22 Aug 2005

Corrupt Fiji Government official fined and sentenced to community work

9:07 pm on 22 August 2005

A corrupt senior Fiji immigration officer has been fined 1,200 US dollars and sentenced to 100 hours of community work.

The Immigration Department's manager compliance, Eminoni Bola, was found guilty of abuse of office for going to Nausori Airport and intervening to ensure that a Chinese national was not refused entry.

The Suva High Court was told that for his intervention Bola received 90-US dollars which his lawyer said was given to his church.

Imposing sentence on 57-year old Bola, Justice Nazhat Shameem said the culture of who you know was a serious injustice to those who do not have friends in high places.

The man whom Bola helped enter Fiji, Hon Keung Lam, was one of the six Chinese nationals arrested in the raid on the biggest drug factory in the southern hemisphere which was found operating at Laucala Beach Estate just outside Suva.

Late last month, Lam was sentenced to three years and three months in prison for his role in manufacturing methamphetamines to the value of 600-million US dollars.