Company director in remand for breaching bail conditions

A company director has been remanded in custody for allegedly breaching bail conditions. Shalendra Kumar was produced by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in the Anti-Corruption Court division in Suva last week.

He was initially charged in 2013, alongside former employees of the then Public Works Department (PWD), with a count of obtaining a financial advantage of over $30,000.

Since then, he has been additionally charged with two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice, one count of breach of bail condition and was alleged to have interfered with a prosecution witness earlier this month. Mr Kumar has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Jeremaia Savou ordered the accused be remanded and the matter was adjourned to March 5.

In another case, former FICAC investigator Mohammed Iqbal was charged with one count of divulging confidential information in Ba.

He was alleged to have disclosed information in connection to an investigation by FICAC to an individual earlier this month.

FICAC senior state counsel Sam Savumiramira informed the court that full phase disclosures were served and the matter has been adjourned to April 30.