The Suva Magistrates Court today ruled that there was a case to answer in the matter involving Prime Fiji.
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption charged the limited liability company in 2016 with one count each of Forgery and Using Forged Document for allegedly submitting a Falsified Security Bond of Westpac Bank amounting to $351,865 to the Fiji Roads Authority while negotiating a street light renewal agreement with them.
Prime Fiji is charged with a count each of forgery and using of a forged document where they are alleged to have submitted a fraudulent performance bond to FRA between the 1st to the 30th of April in 2016 for the streetlight renewal contract in the Central Division.
In their last court sitting Prime Fiji Limited through their lawyer had submitted that the company had apologised for their mistake and they were continuously liaising with Westpac Banking Corporation to rectify the performance guarantee for Fiji Roads Authority and had applied for a no case to answer.
This afternoon resident Magistrate Deepika Prakash said that there was relevant and admissible evidence to implicate the accused for each element of the offences and that a reasonable tribunal could convict on the produced evidence.
Prime Fiji lawyer Mareta Tikoisuva requested 14 days to allow the fixing of a suitable date for her clients to give evidence through a Skype call.
The matter was adjourned to 11th of next mo9nth to fix a date for the continuation of the Defence case.
28 days was given to appeal.