FICAC Appeals Acquitted Case
Defence asked for more time for both parties to file their submissions.
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.
Timaima Sagale Buadromo (right) with her lawyer Liliwaimanu Vuiyasawa outside the High Court in Suva on June 23, 2020.