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Saneem charged, held, to front court on Monday

Former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem has been charged for allegedly asking and obtaining a corrupt benefit for him without lawful authority while in office and is currently in custody at the Totogo Police Station.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions sanctioned charges yesterday and Saneem was further questioned at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Toorak, Suva.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Crime (ACP) Mesake Waqa said upon completion of questioning phase, Saneem was officially charged with one count of Receiving a Corrupt Benefit contrary to Section 137 of the Crimes Act 2009.

It is alleged that between 1 June 2022and 31 July 2022, at Suva in the Central Division, whilst being employed as a public official as the Supervisor of Elections of the Republic of Fiji, without lawful authority and reasonable excuse, asked for, and obtained a benefit for himself, that is, the approval and payment of deductible tax relief of more than $50,000 on his back pay from a senior Government official.

It is further alleged that the receipt, or expectation of the receipt of the benefit would influence the accused in the exercise of his official duties as the then Supervisor of Elections.

He will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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