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Former PWD officer gets 5 months for $300 bribe

Former Public Works Department machinist, Saiyaz Aziz, has been sentenced to five months imprisonment by the Suva Magistrates Court this morning. Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne today said: “If bribery is left unchecked in the public service it would not only erode the confidence of the general public in their duty of service, but also reflects poorly on […]

Peni Shute

February 19, 2016 11:28 am

Former Public Works Department machinist, Saiyaz Aziz, has been sentenced to five months imprisonment by the Suva Magistrates Court this morning.

PWD machinist Saiyaz Aziz after his sentencing at the Suva Magistrates Court. Photo: Peni Shute/Newswire.
PWD machinist Saiyaz Aziz after his sentencing at the Suva Magistrates Court. Source: Peni Shute/Newswire.

Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne today said:

“If bribery is left unchecked in the public service it would not only erode the confidence of the general public in their duty of service, but also reflects poorly on those public servants who work according to the law.”

“Therefore the primary sentencing consideration in bribery offences should be general deterrence.”

” The message needs to be given to the public officials that if they engage in these offences a custodial sentence would be inevitable.”

The charge: Aziz on or about the 4th day of March 2010 at Suva in the Central Division, being a prescribed officer, namely a Saw Doctor at the Public Works Department, Joinery, Walu Bay, solicited an advantage namely $300.00.

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