25 Apr 2007

Fiji deputy military commander appointed to senior anti-corruption post

9:56 am on 25 April 2007

Fiji's deputy military commander, Captain Esala Teleni, has been appointed the acting deputy commissioner of the newly established Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption.

The Fiji Times reports that the interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum, has confirmed that President Iloilo made the appointment on Monday.

The commission will have wide ranging powers o investigate, arrest and charge those found to be involved in corruption, bribery or illegal conduct in relation to any election or misuse of public office.

It is headed by a commissioner and the deputy commissioner and will be subject to the orders and control of the president.

Until the appointment of the commissioner, Captain Teleni as deputy would look after its affairs.

Mr Sayed-Khayum says the legislation has been adopted from Hong Kong where it was fine-tuned for many years to fight corruption which was rife in the 1960s and 70s.