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Former cop sentenced to 2 years for bribery

A former police officer, Setoki Taveta has been sentenced to two years imprisonment, he appeared before Resident Magistrate Joji Boseiwaqa in the Suva Magistrates court today. Setoki Taveta was charged by FICAC with three counts of bribery contrary to section 4(2) (a) of the Prevention of Bribery Promulgation 2007. Resident Magistrate Boseiwaqa sentenced the accused to 2 […]

Peni Shute

April 25, 2016 1:56 pm

A former police officer, Setoki Taveta has been sentenced to two years imprisonment, he appeared before Resident Magistrate Joji Boseiwaqa in the Suva Magistrates court today.

Setoki Taveta was charged by FICAC with three counts of bribery contrary to section 4(2) (a) of the Prevention of Bribery Promulgation 2007.

Resident Magistrate Boseiwaqa sentenced the accused to 2 years imprisonment on each count to be served concurrently with a non-parole period. Accused was taken into custody to serve his sentence immediately with 28 days to appeal.

Defence Counsel had filed a comprehensive written mitigation dated 16 April 2015:

  • 38 years old and married with five children
  • Sole income earner as a Police Officer on suspension
  • First offender
  • Asked to be forgiven
  • 17 years as a police officer with an exemplary record
  • Remorseful for his action
  • Willing to restitute the victim.

The following were the aggravating factors:

  • The defendant is a 17- year veteran with the rank of corporal and therefore is not a novice when it comes to the performance of his duties.
  • The use of threats to solicit money
  • Breach of public trust and his oath of office
  • Impact on the institution
  • Erosion of public confidence in the Police

Case Summary: It was alleged that between the 25 and 31 October 2013 at Suva, Setoki Taveta, accepted an advantage totalling to $1650.00 from one Areez Ahmed Khan. The Defendant pled not guilty to the charges on 27 May 2014. Resident Magistrate A. Mataitini conducted a full trial on 19 January 2015. On 8 April 2015, the Court found the defendant guilty as charged on all three counts.

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