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Trio bailed on bribery charges

Three accused persons appeared at the Magistrate’s Court in Nadi on Wednesday, on bribery related offences.

Marika Lewayada, a former Estate Officer with the i-Taukei Lands Trust Board, has been charged with accepting a bribe.

Lewayada has been charged alongside two private individuals Jason Zhong and Chiang Yu Sing by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Lewayada is charged with accepting a bribe from Zhong and Chiang, while he was working as an Estate officer at TLTB Office.

Zhong and Chiang are charged with offering a bribe to Lewayada.

Senior State Counsel Joseph Work informed the Court that the first phase of disclosures has been served.

The three accused persons have been granted a non-cash bail of $200 each and have been ordered not to re-offend while out on bail.

They have also been ordered to surrender all travel documents to the Court, and a stop departure order has been issued against the trio.

Jason Zhong and Chiang Yu Sing have been ordered to report to the FICAC Suva Office and Totogo Police Station on the last Friday of each month, respectively.

Lewayada has been ordered to report to the Lautoka Police Station every Saturday.

The matter has been adjourned to 21 March, for the second phase of disclosures to be served.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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