3 May 2007

New Fiji anti-corruption agency to start work

7:15 pm on 3 May 2007

The newly established Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption is about to begin prosecuting some government statutory authorities and companies and their senior officials for corruption offences.

The commission's deputy commissioner, Captain Esala Teleni, says some of the main organisations under investigation are the Fiji Sports Council, the Native Lands Trust Board, the Fiji Institute of Technology and Airports Fiji Limited.

He expects at least three of these investigations should be ready for prosecution under its own regulations as soon as the commission's legal staff are appointed.

Captain Teleni says he will not give any details of their investigations to prevent the organisations and individuals being prejudged.

He says the commission has received over 600 complaints ranging from complex to simple cases of corruption and other offences.

Captain Teleni says while they can work with the director of public prosecutions to begin the legal process, the commission wants to be truly independent.

The commission also wants to mount an awareness and education campaign for the public so they can identify and report corruption.