14 Nov 2014

Uncertainty over status of FICAC probe

10:40 am on 14 November 2014

There is confusion over the state of the official probe of Fiji's health ministry by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption, or FICAC.

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Photo: Fijileaks

Leaked documents posted on the website Fijileaks this week show that FICAC concluded its investigation and recommended in 2012 that the then health minister, Neil Sharma, be charged for collusion and official corruption over a tendering process.

Last week, leaked FICAC documents on the same case were published, after which FICAC said it was still carrying out investigations into the ministry.

FICAC has declined comment on the authenticity of the leaked documents.

It says when conducting investigations, it reveals no details because it is not in the business of shaming people.

No charges have been laid and the Director of Public Prosecutions has not been able to be reached for comment about the FICAC recommendation.

Dr Sharma was elected to parliament in September as a member of the ruling FijiFirst Party but is no longer a minister.

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