11 May 2007

Senior Fiji police officer in court on corruption charge

8:50 am on 11 May 2007

One of Fiji's most senior police officers has been charged with official corruption under the country's tough new anti-corruption laws.

Assistant Commissioner Josaia Rasiga was kept in custody and questioned over three days from Tuesday by officers of the new Corruption Investigation Unit.

Rasiga was charged and brought before a special sitting of the Suva magistrate's court late yesterday.

Prosecutors allege that Rasiga received 3-thouand-370 US dollars from businessman Abbas Ali by telegraphic transfer between July 2002 and January this year in return for a favour.

Rasiga pleaded not guilty and was released on bail of 6-thousand US dollars and ordered to surrender his passport.

Ali was also brought before the court and charged but he deferred making a plea

He was also released on bail.

The prosecution had objected to bail for Rasiga saying the witnesses in the case were his subordinates and he could interfere with them.

The case will be before the courts again in two weeks.