Rudra Maharaj guilty of graft

Fiji Court has found former Information and Public Relations Officer Rudra Maharaj at the Office of the Prime Minister guilty of bribery charges.

Judge Justice Priyantha Fernando said that the defendant was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) on September 28, 2013.

He was alleged to have accepted an advantage of $2000 in cash and two cheques amounting to $10,000 from Avin Prakash on account of using influence in procuring a contract.

After deliberation, three independent assessors unanimously found Mr Maharaj guilty on one count of bribery contrary to Section 5 (2) (a) of the Prevention of Bribery Promulgation No 12 of 2007.

Mr Maharaj was represented by Iqbal Khan while Rashmi Aslam, who was assisted by fellow counsels Frances Puleiwai and Adi Laite Bokini Tuiloa, represented FICAC.

Report & Picture Courtesy: Fiji Times

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