FICAC Ap­peals Ac­quit­ted Case

De­fence asked for more time for both par­ties to file their sub­mis­sions.

Fiji Sun - - NATION - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Ivamere Nataro Feed­back: ashna.ku­mar@fi­

The Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion (FICAC) has filed an ap­peal against the ac­quit­tal of former Fiji Mu­seum di­rec­tor Ti­maima Sa­gale Buadromo.

Buadromo ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Aruna Aluthge at the Suva High Court yes­ter­day.

FICAC has charged Buadromo with three counts of abuse of of­fice and one each ex­tor­tion and ob­tain­ing fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage.

It is al­leged that be­tween De­cem­ber 14, 2007 and June 21, 2014, at Suva, while be­ing the di­rec­tor of the Fiji Mu­seum, in abuse of her of­fice did ar­bi­trary acts for gain, ac­cepted re­wards in the sum of $560 be­yond her proper pay and emol­u­ments, and en­gaged in a con­duct namely claim­ing and ap­prov­ing al­lowances for her­self and as a re­sult of that con­duct ob­tained a fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage in the sum of $1120 know­ing that she was not el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the said fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage.

Mag­is­trate Waleen Ge­orge, af­ter trial, dis­missed and ac­quit­ted Buadromo from all charges.

In court yes­ter­day, de­fence lawyer, Lili­waimanu Vuiya­sawa, sought time from the court to re­view the court records with her client as they had been un­able to do so be­cause of the COVID-19 re­stric­tions.

Jus­tice Aluthge granted time to both par­ties for the fil­ing of sub­mis­sions. The mat­ter was ad­journed to Au­gust 4.

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

Ti­maima Sa­gale Buadromo (right) with her lawyer Lili­waimanu Vuiya­sawa out­side the High Court in Suva on June 23, 2020.

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