7 May 2010

Fiji's Kunatuba fails in scam sentence appeal

3:05 pm on 7 May 2010

The Suva High Court has dismissed an appeal by a former Fiji Agriculture and Fisheries permanent secretary Peniasi Kunatuba against his abuse of office conviction.

Kunatuba was convicted of two counts of abuse of office and handed a four-year jail sentence in 2006 for a scam at the agriculture ministry.

Fijivillage reports that Kunatuba appealed against his sentence on the grounds that the trial judge erred in law and the sentence was excessive.

However, the court found that the trial judge did not commit any error.