Mag­is­trate: Man Has Case To An­swer

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Epineri Vula Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Aman charged with giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion to a pub­lic ser­vant and con­ver­sion has been told he has a case to an­swer. Alick Thag­gard ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Ti­moci Qalin­auci in the Labasa Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day and will reap­pear on Au­gust 8. Thag­gard, rep­re­sented by a Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion lawyer, had ear­lier pleaded not guilty.

For the first count it was al­leged that be­tween March 1, 2004, and De­cem­ber 31, 2006, in Labasa Thag­gard gave Si­teri Waqa, the ru­ral ad­vi­sory as­sis­tant, North­ern, a per­son em­ployed in the pub­lic ser­vice, false in­for­ma­tion.

FICAC al­leges that Thag­gard ap­plied for a Min­istry of Multi Eth­nic Af­fairs grant say­ing it was to build a com­mu­nity hall when his plan was to build a church.

It said Thag­gard knew the in­for­ma­tion he was pro­vid­ing to be false and that it would cause Ms Waqa to ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion, but she wouldn’t have if given the true state of facts.

For the sec­ond count the court heard that be­tween March 1, 2004, and De­cem­ber 31, 2006, in Savusavu Thag­gard al­legedly con­verted $11,000, which was for build­ing a com­mu­nity hall for the Vatukaroa com­mu­nity, to build a church in­stead.

FICAC said the money was en­trusted to Thag­gard by the Min­istry of Multi Eth­nic Af­fairs. Thag­gard re­mained silent dur­ing the hear­ing yes­ter­day.

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Alick Thag­gard (mid­dle) ap­peared in the Labasa Mag­is­trates Court on July 11, 2018.

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