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Trial dates Set For Ex-FRCS Employee

Suspended FRCS Chief Ethical Standard Unit Officer and the Director Intelligence, Compliance and Investigations Shameem Khan is charged by Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count of abuse of office and one count of general dishonesty causing a loss.

Shameem Khan outside the High Court in Suva on December 4, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The High Court in Suva has set trial dates for a suspended employee of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS).

Suspended FRCS Chief Ethical Standard Unit Officer and the Director Intelligence, Compliance and Investigations Shameem Khan is charged by Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count of abuse of office and one count of general dishonesty causing a loss.

Khan appeared before Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Khan was represented by lawyer Nancy Choo from R. Patel Lawyers. FICAC was represented by acting deputy commissioner for FICAC and senior counsel Rashmi Aslam.

Justice Rajasinghe has fixed the matter for trial to commence on July 20, 2020, and conclude on August 14, 2020.

The matter has been adjourned for mention on April 16, 2020. Bail for Khan was further extended.

The charges:

For the abuse of office charge, it is alleged that Khan, between January 1, 2016 and May 5, 2017, while being employed as the Chief Ethical Standard Unit Officer and the Director Intelligence, Compliance and Investigations respectively at Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) made an arbitrary act for gain in abuse of his office.

This was preparing an investigation report with false contents and preventing FRCS in obtaining revenue of $4,118,994.08.

For the general dishonesty causing a loss charge, it is alleged that between January 1, 2016 and May 5, 2017, Khan dishonestly caused a loss to the FRCS of a sum of $4,118,994.08 and he knew or believed that the loss would occur or there was a substantial risk of loss occurring.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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