Documents and files were removed from the Commissioner’s office.
The raid happened early last week, and was confirmed yesterday by Corrections Commissioner Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu.
“Yes they have come to the office and they have gone through stuff,” Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said.
“They have taken files and documents from the office.
“If they want to look at it, they can go ahead and check them.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said he could not comment on the reason for the raid.
He maintained that Corrections had nothing to hide.
FICAC declined to comment on the issue when contacted.
A spokesperson said it was FICAC policy not to comment on or divulge details of ongoing investigations: Source - Fiji Sun
SOURCES in the Corrections Department are claiming that the convicted SUNCOURT Hardware director Dhansukh Lal Bhikha is running shops in Naboro, Lautoka and Suva prisons. Bhikha, they claim, is treated as special prisoner who works full time in the Naboro shop with no supervision and he sleeps in separate quarters where he enjoys unsupervised visits from his wife. The business he is operating used to be the Co-operative store for officers but he has turned it into a mini super market.
The funds do not go to revenue but supposedly to staff welfare fund controlled by the Commissioner Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu. Furthermore, the financial statements of the business is not being checked or audited. Vasu has recently opened a shop in his village in Kadavu set up by Bhikha and goods are being transported to the boat by Prison trucks. Last Christmas, prisoner Bhikha hosted Prison staff to a party in Naboro where he entertained officers and their spouses to drunken stupor.
In 2011 Bhikha was jailed for four and half years and is eligible for parole after serving three and half years. The former Agriculture Ministry principal accounts officer Suliasi Sorovakatini was sentenced to five years imprisonment with a non-parole period of four years. The two were found guilty of three counts of official corruption.