Fang yet to enter plea

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A Honiara businessman alleged of involving in corrupt activities is yet to be arraigned since his defence lawyer was engaged at the High Court yesterday.

James Fang is the owner of Fangs Shop and other businesses in Honiara.

The court was told yesterday that the accused’s lawyer is at the High Court therefore Principal Magistrate Ricky Iomea adjourned the case to November 9 for possible plea.

Fang is facing a charge of forgery and uttering in relation to incidents which occurred some time this year.

The charges stem from an extensive enquiry into the legitimacy of a document emailed to the Inland Revenue Division.

The document was a letter purporting to have been authored by a Government Minister, authorising the waiving of $14million in tax payable to the Government of Solomon Islands, through the Inland Revenue Division of the Ministry of Finance & Treasury.

Investigations revealed that signature on the letter were not that of the Minister.