Monday, December 14, 2009

FICAC Man Told to Hire own Lawyer

A former member of the anti-corruption unit, charged with stealing money he kept in trust for a youth group, has been denied legal aid.

Tui Turaga Vunibola has been given until March 11, 2010 to find a lawyer.

The decision was delivered by Labasa Magistrate Wickramasoorya when Vosanibola appeared before him on Friday.

Vunibola was charged with Conversion of Trust by his employer, the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) on November 10, 2008.

FICAC alleges he had breached staff policy to declare his dealings outside of his employment.

Vosanibola allegedly applied for funds from a donor agency on behalf of a local youth group to start a piggery business and then a prawn farming business.

FICAC alleges that on receipt of the funds from the donor agency, the officer used most of it for his own use rather than keeping them in trust for the youth group.

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