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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Patel and Mau Jailed

Former Post Fiji Limited Chairman Mahendra Patel and former Managing Director, Peni Mau have both been sentenced to jail for abuse of office.

Patel has been sentenced to 12 months in jail for allowing the purchase of the Seiko clock from Prouds, a company owned by him and failing to disclose his interest and relationship with the company.

Tevita Peni Mau outside Suva Hugh Court
And Mau has been sentenced to 9 months in jail for approving the purchase of the clock for $75,000 without following proper procedures and without the approval of the Post Fiji board.

Their lawyers immediately filed for an appeal and applied for bail but Justice Daniel Goundar denied it; they will start their prison sentences today at Korovou Prison.

57 comments:

iTaukei said...

Well done FICAC for the good work, the public has now confidence in you bringing the rest of the culprit to jail..likes of LQ/KD/KB/SW/BP/RL/IC/AV/SK and others..

GOD BLESS FIJI

Anonymous said...

Soon all the smart people will be in Naboro and Fiji will be left to be governed all the nuts, bolts and bullets aka tom, dick and harry. I can see gandhu Danny coming up in the limelight....when will his day end?

vkavanua said...

Corruption. Na vakavanua.

Anonymous said...

Good work Ficac. This is the first thing I see as being right done by the Bainimarama government. thanks prime minister for doing justice.

Anonymous said...

itaukei - are you a ficac stooge or better still a ficac employee who is gutless to write under his or her own name?

Anonymous said...

Hosni Mubarak is now facing the music. Which other dictator is next on the list?

Anonymous said...

LQ is the peoples champion, noone can take that away from him.....FB is the kanaloto PM, he deserves jail and he will get his time....time will tell, corrupt buggers, him and his murderous brother in law.....drau kawa ni dau laba!!!!

TheMax said...

I feel for Mahendra Patel but this is the result of allowing yourself to be corrupted by the real culprit, in this case, Peni Mau. Justice finally caught up to Peni unfortunately a pioneer businessman in Fiji got caught in the web too. As the saying goes, "The choices you make determine your destiny".

Anonymous said...

This is just ridiculous. All his life the great Mr Mahendra Patel has devoted in building Fiji. It is obvious, his gain was there, but if it wasn't for him, Fiji would still be like other pacific island nations.

His group has contributed so much and has always been a developing partner for the Fijian economy, and is this what Fiji gives him in return. Shame on our pathetic judicial system.

Well, there are many others on the line now.. so for now, just one piece of advice to the business community... shut all their shops and head overseas... Infact Motibbhai group should overnight shut all its business and send home the thousands it is feeding.. lets see what the cunning airse can do.

So the great question, who is next in the line?? Keep guessing

Jake said...

No amount of money can buy your freedom justice in this case is served and therfore these two blighters must than serve their sentences.

Jake

mark manning said...

thou shalt not bare false witness against thou neighbour :-
http://kingjbible.com/exodus/20.htm

Anonymous said...

Australia’s new strongarm tactic

Dear Editor,

Is Vanuatu the last bastion for Pacific Islanders, especially since the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is toothless? Why else would Australia attack the banking system? Simple destabilize the biggest incentive Vanuatu has to offer and the MSG ship may sink.
Australia’s foreign policy in the Pacific has failed. It tried dangling the aid carrot, but we woke up to it and realized that it came with strings attached i.e. a big chunk of the aid money goes back to Australia in the form of salaries to overpaid consultants who really should be put to pasture.
Then, Australia tried to be the Sheriff of the Pacific and used the stick by threatening Fiji’s Bainimarama and his gang.
Attack the solidarity of the Melanesian brotherhood by attacking the financial institutions. Two of Vanuatu’s main banks are Westpac and ANZ, both Australian banks.
Through the long arm of the Australian Tax Office (ATO). By accessing the Accounts information of all Australian residents and citizens, who hold accounts with, first the ANZ bank here in Vanuatu, the Australians hope to see their citizens and residents pull their money out of here and put it somewhere more friendly to their interests such as Samoa.
Expected result of Australia’s new strongarm tactic? Offshore companies and individuals pull their money out and thus bringing Vanuatu to its knees.

VANUATU SHOULD FOLLOW FIJI AND-
1 . DECLARE AUSTRALIA’S HIGH COMMISSIONER PERSONA NON GRATA
2 . INFORM ANZ VANUATU THAT SHOULD IT DISCLOSE THE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO ITS AUSTRALIAN DEPOSITORS AND ACCOUNT HOLDERS, THEN ITS BANKING LICENSE WILL BE REVOKED, ITS EXPATRIATE STAFF DEPORTED, THE POSSIBLE PROSECUTION OF ITS MANAGERS AND ITS OPERATIONS NATIONALISED
3 . AS A SIGN THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF VANUATU IS SERIOUS, IT SHOULD NOT ALLOW ANY NON.RESIDENT, NON PACIFIC ISLANDER EXPATRIATE STAFF TO COME IN TO WORK IN VANUATU WHILST THIS MATTER IS STILL PENDING. FOR EXAMPLE, ANZ REGULARLY BRINGS IN A EUROPEAN NATIONAL BASED OUT OF SINGAPORE TO WORK IN PORT VILA FOR A FEW DAYS AT A TIME EVERY COUPLE OF MONTHS. IT’S NOT ENOUGH THAT THE AUSTRALIANS ARE CRAWLING ALL OVER THE PACIFIC, NOW THEY ARE HIRING EUROPEANS TO DO THEIR DIRTY WORK FOR THEM.

Section 45 of the Financial Institutions Act, Cap 254 deals with unsound or unsafe practices. Under s45(1) if the Reserve Bank is of the opinion that a licensee
(a) is following unsound or unsafe practices in the conduct of its banking business that are
(i) likely to jeopardise its obligations to its depositors or other creditors or
(ii) likely to adversely affect the operation or stability of the financial system in Vanuatu or
(b) has contravened or failed to comply with the terms and conditions of its licence or any of the provisions of this Act
the Reserve Bank may issue a directive to the licensee.

It is safe to say that allowing the ATO access would be in breach of section 45(a) and (b). Therefore, the Reserve Bank should issue a directive requiring ANZ to desist from supplying the ATO with any information relating to its Australian domiciled depositors and to take whatever action is required to achieve this within the next 30 days. Failure on ANZ’s part to comply with the Reserve Bank’s directive will result in the revocation of its license pursuant to s17(e) of the Act and/or the prosecution of its expatriate officers who are based in Vanuatu.
The Attorney General should, pursuant to s60 of the Act, institute proceedings here in Vanuatu against ANZ to restrain it from supplying the information. Whilst this may be purely academic since the ATO can access the information from Melbourne, perhaps a more prudent option would be to institute criminal proceedings against the head of ANZ here in Vanuatu.
For the avoidance of any doubt the Reserve Bank should send Westpac a warning that should it also succumb to the ATO, it too is in danger of losing its license, its expatriate staff deported, its General Manager prosecuted and its operations nationalised.
Yours faithfully,
Barbara Malimali

i Taukei dina said...

Aw...what hypocrisy and court sham!!!

FICAC should investigate treason charges against VB,PD,IN,MA and other misguided military officers and junta ministers before they want to jail others.

No matter what FICAC does it will still be viewed as an illegal Gestapo unit operating under the guidance of an illegal PM.This is because the current law only protects an elite and corrupt group of coup thugs

Radiolucas said...

So much for the rule of law and transparency - the trial and the findings are highly suspect.

Anonymous said...

NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW!

MORE TO FOLLOW....I WISH FICAC TO START MONITOR AND FOLLOW THE "SILENT SHARKS" WHO ARE STILL ENJOYING THEIR DIRTY BUSINESS WITHIN GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES, DEPARTMENTS,INSTITUTIONS, OFFICES, AND OTHER PUBLIC OFFICES AND POSITION.

THERE WILL BE NO POINT OF SETTING UP A NEW NEW GOVERNMENT AFETR '2014 ELECTION'IF THESE LAZZY, SLIZZY, SMALL -BIG SCALE CORRUPT OFFICIALS ARE NOT TAKEN TO TASKS!

THEY HAVE BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT.

FROM RATU MARA, RABUKA, CHAUDHARY, QARASE AND NOW BAINIMARAMA ERA,.....THEY COME AND WILL GO, BUT THESE BUGGERS MENTIONED ABOVE HAVE STAYED AND HAVE BUILT UP THEIR STRENTGH.

Luvena said...

@I taukena

Luveni boci, there is more to that than meets the eye.

Luveni macawa

Mr $ said...

Well done FICAC. How many years? How much? It took you so long, wasting tax money to get a conviction for a bloody coruption case i.e $75,000.

Vinaka vakalevu na vakaoti gauna...millions of $ for $75,000.

Anonymous said...

Will Fiji Times now end up like Suncourt?

Anonymous said...

i taukei
luveni dosi,,,,,,no school!

a.rogo said...

We will all be tried thru our action....good work

Anonymous said...

Yp reddy case comg next keep watchg the court house

Anonymous said...

Only way Mahen Patel can save himself and clear his name is by showing the invoice and payment history with bank details.

Because if as said that the profit made was only about $1500 from the transaction, then indeed this amount is insignificant in terms of commercial interest.

BUT he chose not to provide that evidence, hence his story is worth a 100 lies and jail is not a bad idea.

His wealth gained and investments made were they out of favour!!

Anonymous said...

what about Sereana Qoro & Kaloumaira..when will they be charged?? or will it be swept under the rug??

No one believes any crap spewed out by Fiji's extremely tainted judiciary anymore.

Tui Viti said...

Well,well,well.talk about Goundar moving the goal post.I also read FICAC withdrew the charge against Tuisolia for not displaying his business license......gonei, bau vaka cava tu na bavulu ra tu qori i FICAC...iTaukei.. o ira na FICAC prosecutors are from Sri Lanka + Sri Lankan judges = CORRUPTION ni Sri Lanka...Since Anthony Gates has a thing for Sri Lankan toy boys, wouldn't be surprised if one of his new appointees is playing a dual role. Talk about double dipping....OILEI Navua!!!!

Rogoca said...

Daliga sega ni Rogo.

Dua ga e vtuki io

Anonymous said...

Businessman and Civil servants should learn from this.

Just this week an employee at Lautoka Rural Office declined Taxi Permits even after being offered a bribe.

Suncourt owner in jail.

A lesson needs to be set and that is corruption will not be tolerated in Fiji.

Anonymous said...

Well, well...some of the big cats finally getting their due. Well done FICAC. There are many more lurking in the shadows. These types, have always been there manipualting the system in the background. Finally, the untouchables now can be grabbed by the collar eh! More more!

Rogoca said...

Rogo levu na i voco...you suck

i taukei dina said...

Meanwhile we still waiting for pre coup corruption spoken by Voreqe pre 2006. Any evidence so far? Levu ga na lasulasu, kai Tailevu macawa lamusona kana chop suey vei siga.

Na FICAC, vinaka ga me ra lai tauri kau kei ira na turaga ni lewa lasulasu,kanaloto ra tu qo i viti.. ra yovu luveni kai dia,Sri Lanka solisona.

Daulotu said...

Thanks iTaukei and I support you, no matter who or what you are. Corruption is evil

Anonymous said...

This is one of Bocimarama and Ayiarsehole's tactics to gain public confidence. Dick Goundar will leave for australia once the heat gets warmer.

Anonymous said...

tik tok! tik tok... Bhika, Mac, Mau...tik tok, LQ, MPC...tik tok, Keni,Bakani...tik tok... Siti....tik tok Kapadia, Whippy...tik tok!

Anonymous said...

They should also charge Kanti Tappoo. Whilst chair of TFL, Tappoos supplied Telecom phone cards.....no tender was called for either. No need for trial. Simple originating summons should be done as facts not in dispute. No tender was called for. Application of law can be used from Mac case. Go on FICAC. Show some muscles yaar!

Na Ulumatua said...

Agree with The Max @2.43pm. Motibhai's are much more stronger than the current issue. Obviously, you cannot swim against the current ruling but Mahen will come thru and will only get stronger.

Comment @2.55pm..your stupid advice to the business community...obviously you dont run a business...Fiji is a paradise..dont get your heart clouted with all these man made ssues...

Thoughts are with Motibhai's and Mau's family at this moment,...forget the negative comments, simple stand by your man and be grateful for what they have achieved and those they have helped. They will come out better people...mark my words!

For all Company Directors/CEO's etc.. a good referesher on corporate governance issues!

Anonymous said...

@ Na Ulumatua. Well said mate. You doing this site a good service.

Taukei Fairytales... said...

One day Dumb & Dumber teamed up with a really Stupid Guy they'd met in Suva - together all set out to buy a watch.

Semi Meo said...

The present development in the domestic front may create unprecedented anxious phenomenon within the business community. Now is probably the time for RBF increase checks of ‘dubious" transfers overseas and Boarder Police vigilant in checks of currencies carrier across the boarders. Oh… and the black money market in our streets must be thieving now. Conversely, former Fiji residents and others buying Fiji currencies abroad taking advantage of this surge in Aussie dollars and other strong currencies is …a concern. How do they do it? do not ask me!

Semi Meo said...

The present development in the domestic front may create unprecedented anxious phenomenon within the business community. Now is probably the time for RBF increase checks of ‘dubious" transfers overseas and Boarder Police vigilant in checks of currencies carrier across the boarders.

Oh… and the black money market in our streets must be thieving now. Conversely, former Fiji residents and others buying Fiji currencies abroad taking advantage of this surge in Aussie dollars and other strong currencies is …a concern. How do they do it? do not ask me!

Anonymous said...

Semi Meo, I will tell you if you return to Fiji, instead of blogging from Australia. Boci.

Anonymous said...

Semi Nutcase, it's Border, not Boarder. Your literacy competency level is on par with that of a soldier in the Fiji armed forces. Back to important issues, this judge needs to be investigated as his judgement raises more questions than answers. perhaps he's already planning to join his puppy mate Semi in Australia.

Semi Meo said...

To my 2 or may be one "A-NUNI-MOSI" or April 15, 2011 12:33 PM..

I am flattered for having you two nunis in my cheer squad and typo police…

Oh..again, have been to Fiji FIVE times to Fiji in 2010..this year??..why should I tell you Bothys.

a.rogo said...

Daliga....lako mai mo qai raica na tagane dina... tovolea mo tagane mada sa dua na ka na vosa ca e tiko vei iko u pufta qase

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 9.22am

There is a far bigger case of conflict of interest happening at the ATH Group right now as we write that should be of concern to everyone.

This involves the Sri Lankan chap Ajit Kodakoda. He is a director of CJ Patel which markets phonecards and owns Inkk and at the same time is Chairman of ATH.

Anonymous said...

Tappoo messed around with FNPF money and still messing with it. Aiyarse is involved. Jail them all!.

Anonymous said...

TAPPOOS /Y P REDDY/RAGWAN/ADISH NADIU SHOULD BE INVESTIGARED FOR DOING ITS OWN TAPPOOS BUILTING AND RAGWAN -GOVT CHIEFS HOUSE IN NASESE.ADISH COMPANY WAS THE ARCITECT.
WHERE IS THE TENDER PROCESS.
RADIO FIJI (FBCL)-SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED FOR BUYING ITEM FROM NZ ON INFLATED PRICE.SUPPLIED BY AGENT ROBERT KHAN-JOHN PRASAD TAVALE.
JOHN PRASAD GAVE WATER AUTHORITY WORK TO HIS BUSINESS PARTNER -MARK DAWSON.
COME ON FICAC CHARGE ALL THESE PEOPLE .
ALSO YOUR BOSS -AG BUYING /SELLING LAND TO TAPPPOOS .

Anonymous said...

Goundar is a idiot and a puppet. Use some brain you nitwit. Correct your mistake.

Anonymous said...

The Gujerati's must be having a field day!!! A.Rogo sounds like Leweni ,masia,masia,masia......vaqara qori!!!

Anonymous said...

U mean that goon Leweni, the expert blower of everything and anything? hahahahaha!

Volo said...

A.Rogo na makupui masi polo.

Winston Smith said...

AG confirms resignation of 3 magistrates. Question is why?

Winston Smith said...

With help of chinese government and the new data centre...big brother is watching you. Fiji Times is offline. Why? ready for another coup Fiji.

Fiji Mojo said...

fiji times has been off linefor several hours: technial restructuring according to the message that flashed up. wouldn't have aything to do with it being rudderless now that it's publisher has been conveniently despatched would it? now, this is when fiji times reporters would be useful on gthe blogs but guess they looking after their jobs.

a.rogo said...

Vinaka Gounder for proving that how high up i society U are...we are all the same and nobody is above the law....vinaka

Daligana said...

Rogo Aveuta

Roqota na volo nei Gounder, ni oti qai mama vamalua oto a ona. De qai o rogoca rawa ina a vosa..e sega ga..ia a daligamu dina e tio i nomu i voco

Gounder said...

Rogo va cava mada me vutuki io o Gounder

Anonymous said...

Gounder is not that high up. His only waist high up the sulu of Frank Bai.

Anonymous said...

Note to Itaukei ni Sona..please include in your list all the Maras. Bainimaramas,Ganilaus, and all your army supporters and whatever..dou sa toka rere qori...ni sa vakarau lako yani qo na cagi ni veisau..mo tu vakarau..me dave nomu dra e na vuku ni nomulasu..waraka na maka!!