suspect free to travel
A FORMER Ministry of Public Enterprise officer
charged with official corruption has been allowed
to travel to the United States after a decision
by a Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.
Christopher Singh, who worked as a principal
economist in the ministry has pleaded not guilty
to four counts of official corruption.
Magistrate Aminiasi Katonivualiku granted bail
and cancelled a departure prohibition against
him after Singh’s father presented $15,000
to the court as surety for his son.
Singh had applied for bail and the lifting of
his travel restriction in order to visit his
family in the US.
Singh is alleged to have fraudulently obtained
over $11,000 in cash, return air tickets to
Sydney amounting to $2000 and a hotel accommodation
between September 2003 and
November 2005 amounting to $900.
State prosecutor Nancy Tikoisuva argued that
Singh had no reason to return to Fiji because
his family was already in the US.
Singh had been prevented from leaving the country
because of the no travel order on him.
Katonivualiku reminded Singh that if he failed
to return to Fiji on time, his father would
then be responsible.
The case had been adjourned until August 29
for mention after Singh returns to the country.