FIJI TO ESTABLISH INDEPENDENT‘CORRUPTION COMMISSION’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb 4) – An independent corruption commission, to be headed by Solomon Island-based judge Sekove Naqiolevu, is to be established soon.

Fiji's military has said that all evidence of alleged corruption it has gathered since its overthrow of the Qarase government in December will be produced to the commission.

Naqiolevu is a former Fiji Chief Magistrate appointed to the Solomon Islands High Court in 2005, in a bid to fast-track trials against militia leaders involved in five years of civil unrest in the country.

Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) will be set up "in a few weeks" to adjudicate on evidence gathered by the corruption investigation team.

Reinstated senior police detective Nasir Ali leads the team that comprises of a few others taken away from the Police Force.

Khaiyum said they are currently helping the Fiji military, which has set up their own team to collect evidence.

"Once the commission is formally formed through a legislative process when the promulgation is made, then they will operate under it," he said.

The commission will be an independent body, reporting only to the President.

Deputy military commander Capt (navy) Esala Teleni will assist the commission.

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