Saini­ana Radro­dro Trial Starts

Radro­dro was charged with 11 counts of ob­tain­ing fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage by de­cep­tion

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Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion (FICAC) yes­ter­day pre­sented their first wit­ness in their case against for­mer De­part­ment of Works spokesper­son Saini­ana Waqain­a­bete Radro­dro in the Suva Mag­is­trates Court. Mag­is­trate Waleen Geroge was told Radro­dro was charged with 11 counts of ob­tain­ing fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage by de­cep­tion.

She is al­leged to have ob­tained fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage by falsely us­ing the Min­is­ter for Works’ name to ob­tain a to­tal of $9560 over 11 sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions between May of 2010 and June 2011.

First to take the stand for the pros­e­cu­tion yes­ter­day was the Di­rec­tor of Fair Deal Earth Mov­ing Pramod Ku­mar. Mr Ku­mar told the court that on at least seven oc­ca­sions, Radro­dro had called him ask­ing for money while claim­ing that she was do­ing so on be­half of the Works Min­is­ter. Min­is­ter for Works at the time of the al­leged in­ci­dent was Ti­moci Natuva. Mr Ku­mar in­formed the court that on each of the seven oc­ca­sions when Radro­dro asked for money, she had in­formed him that it was for “Christ­mas party”, “farewell party” or other for the “pur­chase of Bi­bles.” Dur­ing ex­am­i­na­tion under FICAC pros­e­cu­tor Rashmi As­lam, Mr Ku­mar said that the for­mer Min­is­ter for Works had not con­tacted him di­rectly at any point and nei­ther were any of­fi­cial re­ceipts or ac­knowl­edg­ments re­ceived. The money is al­leged to have been de­posited di­rectly to Radro­dro’s ac­count.

Mr Ku­mar told the court that on at least seven oc­ca­sions, Radro­dro had called him ask­ing for money while claim­ing that she was do­ing so on be­half of the Works Min­is­ter.

FICAC is rep­re­sented by Mr As­lam and Sam Savu­mi­ramira for the pros­e­cu­tion and Radro­dro is be­ing rep­re­sented by de­fence lawyer AkuilaNaco. De­fence lawyer Mr Naco asked Mr Ku­mar the pro­ce­dure in his com­pany when giv­ing dona­tions. Mr Ku­mar said: “It goes through the ac­counts de­part­ment but for Ms Radro­dro when she called I just told my ac­counts sec­tion to make a cheque even though there were no for­mal let­ters.” Mr Ku­mar and the Min­istry of Works had a con­tract of $16 to $17 mil­lion.

The trial con­tin­ues to­day.

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