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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Aug. 1) - The commander of the
Fiji Navy, Cmdr. Viliame Naupoto, has been fined US$100 after pleading guilty to
driving under the influence of alcohol.

Magistrate Salesi Temo also restricted Naupoto to driving only
between 7.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday for the next six months.

His case generated controversy after officers at the Nabua
police station where he was detained said they lost his files.

In an earlier case, magistrate Eparama Rokoika terminated
proceedings against the secretary of finance, Tevita Banuve, who was charged
with assaulting the government’s permanent arbitrator, John Semisi.

The court was told that Banuve had reconciled with Mr Semisi.

Banuve assaulted and tried to choke Mr Semisi in a Suva social
club after he awarded public servants a cost of living increase which will cost
the state about US$10 million .

August 1, 2003

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