2 in Court Over Al­leged Is­sue Of Fi­jian Pass­ports

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - JES­SICA GOUNDER Edited by Caro­line Ratu­cadra

Two men, charged by the Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion, ap­peared in the Suva Mag­is­trate Court yes­ter­day in re­la­tion to the al­leged is­sue of pass­ports to Chi­nese na­tion­als. The mat­ter was called be­fore Mag­is­trate Waleen Ge­orge.

Man­ager Pass­port and Cit­i­zen­ship at the Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion, Kal­isi Sak­iusa, is charged with a count each of con­spir­acy to in­flu­ence pub­lic of­fi­cials, abuse of of­fice and agent us­ing false doc­u­ment to de­ceive his prin­ci­pal. A Chi­nese na­tional hold­ing a Fi­jian Pass­port, Ma Li, was also charged in re­la­tion to con­spir­acy to in­flu­ence pub­lic of­fi­cials.

It is al­leged that Sak­iusa with oth­ers on May 20, 2016, at Suva, con­spired to­gether to pro­cure the pro­duc­tion and is­sue of two Fi­jian pass­ports to two Chi­nese na­tion­als with in­tent of dis­hon­estly in­flu­enc­ing the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer.

It is also al­leged that Sak­iusa while be­ing em­ployed at the Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion, in abuse of his of­fice did an ar­bi­trary act of un­law­fully is­su­ing Fi­jian pass­ports to per­sons who were non-cit­i­zens of Fiji. Sak­iusa, while be­ing an agent namely the Man­ager Pass­port and Cit­i­zen­ship for the Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion of the Govern­ment of Fiji is al­leged to have in­tended to de­ceive the Govern­ment of Fiji with a cer­tifi­cate of Nat­u­ral­iza­tion which con­tained state­ments that the two Chi­nese na­tion­als have be­come Cit­i­zens of Fiji. Both the ac­cused have been granted bail and have a stop de­par­ture or­der im­posed on them. Sak­iusa was granted bail in the Sum of $2000 with two sureties and he is to re­port to the Nabua Po­lice Sta­tion once a week. Li was granted cash bail of $2000 and he is to re­port to the Sam­ab­ula Po­lice Sta­tion ev­ery Satur­day. Li is rep­re­sented by Deepak Chand of Prena Preetika lawyers and Sak­iusa is rep­re­sent­ing him­self. The case has been ad­journed to Novem­ber 25 for FICAC to serve sec­ond phase dis­clo­sures.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Im­mi­gra­tion Man­ager Pass­port and Cit­i­zen­ship Kal­isi Sak­iusa out­side Court yes­ter­day

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Ma Li (left), out­side Court yes­ter­day.

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