19 Jan 2016

Fiji anti-corruption agents warned not to abuse their powers

7:47 am on 19 January 2016

Fiji's Attorney-General has told officers at the Independent Commission Against Corruption that they should not abuse their powers.

Fiji Finance Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (file) Photo: Supplied

The Fiji Sun reports that Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told the gathering of officers that the word 'FICAC' instills fear in some Fijians, and that officers have to be responsible with the powers vested in them.

He then told the officers that they should not go outside their mandate, and should follow the target of eradicating systemic corruption from the Fiji government.

However, FICAC has come under criticism in recent months for a perceived lack of independence by opposition parties and some NGOs.

In November, the opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa called for FICAC's deputy commissioner to resign, accusing the agency of conducting an error-riddled investigation into Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.