|Faizal Koya: Once in the midst but now out in the cold. pic Fiji Times|
As tipped in May by Coupfourpointfive, the regime hasn't renewed the contract of Faizal Koya, the resident magistrate of Rakiraki/Tavua.
Koya has been sacked for taking bribes.
Sources confirm that while he started out as a clean officer of the judiciary, Koya went dirty midway through his three year contract.
The son of the former NFP leader, Siddiq Koya, started receiving bribes and favours to safe criminals in both Rakiraki and Tavua.
All of his dirty dealings were handled by a former Prison Officer, who resides in Barotu, Rakiraki.
Prem Chand, also known as Beka, would get in touch with charged persons and their families, and strike a deal on Koya’s behalf.
It's believed an anonymous letter was first sent to the Provincial Adminitrator in Rakiraki highlighting this modus operandi.
The Commisssioner Western was then informed. A decision was made to put both Koya and Prem Chand under surveillance.
Field Police Intelligence officers in Rakiraki and Tavua came up with more evidence on how many criminals were set free or had their cases nullified by Koya.
Police also established that Prem Chand would take as much as $1000 per case. Both Koya and Chand were also seen publicly and this was duly reported.
It is also understood that despite him telling his close friends that the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, would make sure his contract is renewed, this did not happen.
Koya was booted out last month and has since joined his brothers law firm in Nadi.
Readers will recall that Faizal Koya has a chequered history as we revealed below in an earlier story:
TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009
New magistrate in bankruptcy claim
Faizal and Faiyaz Koya, the two sons of former NFP & Opposition leader, the late Siddiq Moidin Koya, are facing a $184,000 bankruptcy claim – which sources say could have led to Faizal Koya’s decision to accept appointment as a magistrate under the New Legal Order. The two, until 5 weeks ago jointly operated the law firm of Koyas in Nadi.
Faizal Koya was appointed as magistrate on April 20th, 10 days after the abrogation of the Constitution. Exactly a year ago, he appeared on Fiji Television’s Close-Up program as a guest with Ro Filipe Tuisawau, ridiculed the People’s Charter and emphatically stated that the Constitution was his charter. He emphasised if the Constitution was being violated, it was the role of lawyers like him to stand up and defend the supreme law of the country.
Documents obtained by Coupfourpointfive reveal that a judgment based on Bankruptcy Action Number 36 of 2005 was delivered by the then Nadi Magistrate Laisa Laveti on 12th December 2006. The bankruptcy proceedings were initiated by Ba based lawyer Dr Muhammad Samshu Din Sahu Khan on behalf of Mohamed Akhtar, Trustee of the Estate of his late father Yaar Mohammed.
The bankruptcy proceedings were renewed in the magistate’s court via Action Number 7 of 2009. Sources have told us the Koyas are disputing the validity of the amount – over $157, 000 being the principal sum plus over $24,000 in interest.
The order obtained through Action Number 7 of 2009 required the Koyas to pay $5000 on the 15th of every month and upon defaulting the payment for over 15 days, they have to pay the entire sum. Faizal and Faiyaz Koya have not been declared un-discharged bankrupts, something that would be done and a notice to his effect publicised if upon the completion of proceedings, the Koyas declare their inability to pay $184,000.
According to sources, it cannot be established whether the $184,000 was trust funds kept by the law firm operated by the two brothers or by their late father. But sources say due to the non-viability of the law firm’s operations, Faizal Koya may have opted to secure a regular source of income and therefore accepted appointment as magistrate despite the abrogation of the Constitution.
Coupfourpointfive has been told that given the fact Dr Sahu Khan was one of the prominent lawyers trying to pressure Fiji Law Society President Dorsami Naidu into allowing lawyers to be appointed as judges, despite the abrogation of the Constitution, it is likely the bankruptcy case will be dragged for a while because Sahu Khan is the claimant’s lawyer.
Editor's Note: Counsel for Faizal Koya, Tupou Draunidalo, has advised Coupfourpointfive: "The 2005 Bankruptcy Order of Ms. Laveti has been stayed by the High Court for a few years now and has not been overturned at appeal. Please read the judgements. Related issues were taken to the Supreme Court before the 2006 coup and they were resolved in our favour. Mr. Roopesh Singh and I acted for the Koyas in the High Court matter to obtain the Stay." However, we stand by the information regarding Koya's corrupt dealings and the non-renewal of his contract as magistrate.