9 Dec 2009

Fiji anti-corruption body gets 9,000 complaints in three years

2:39 pm on 9 December 2009

Fiji's anti-corruption agency says it has received nearly 9,000 complaints of alleged corrupt practices since it was set up in 2007.

Figures released by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption show that number of complaints has grown every year.

In 2007, just over 2,100 complaints were lodged and this year, there have been nearly 4,000.

According to the website Fijivillage, the Commission has prosecuted 79 individuals and laid close to 400 charges.

It says there have been nine convictions, eight of which were achieved this year.

When the military overthrew the elected government in 2006, it in part justified its action by saying it wanted to eliminate corruption.