18 Apr 2007

Fiji anti-corruption unit investigating Fiji Institute of Technology

5:44 am on 18 April 2007

The director of the Fiji Institute of Technology, Kolinio Meo, and three senior managers have been told to go on leave while corruption investigations take place against them.

The chairman of the FIT's governing council, Digby Bossley, says the four will be on leave while the interim administration's anti-corruption unit and the education ministry carry out their investigations.

Mr Bossley says the four have been named in the anti-corruption unit's letter to the education minister, Netani Sukanaivalu.

They are being investigated for alleged corrupt practices while one is facing accusations of repeated sexual harassment of a woman member of staff.

Also under the scrutiny of the anti-corruption unit are a Korean-funded academy being set up by Mr Meo and the finances involved in the FIT's proposed school of hospitality, tourism and avionics at Nadi.