TWO FIJI ELECTION OFFICIALS FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 8) – Two officials engaged in the Fiji general election now under way have run into serious trouble with the law.

The Fiji Sun reports that the assistant returning officer at Nadi, Asenaca Mara, appeared at a special sitting of the Nadi magistrate’s court at the weekend. She has been charged with stealing over US$3,600 from the state, which was to be used for election purposes in her job as the assistant district officer Nadi.

Prosecutors are quoted as saying Mara will have to be bailed to carry out her election duties as an assistant returning officer.

Meanwhile, Radio Fiji reports that police have charged another election official, 23-year-old Kelepi Nabutu, with murder after discovery of the body of a male Air Pacific flight attendant at the weekend.

Kelepi Nabutu appeared in the Nadi magistrate’s court today and has been remanded in custody.

May 9, 2006

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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