Prosecution yet to charge co-suspect on Fangs case

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Public Prosecution has sought adjournment for the case against Honiara businessman James Fang to allow them time to lay appropriate charges on the co-suspect.

Court then adjourned the case for October 31 for mention.

Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda told court yesterday that on the previous occasion, court was told that during adjournment prosecution will lay appropriate charges on the co-suspect but that has not been done.

Dalipanda said the prosecutor in carriage is currently away in Nigeria to visit her sick mother and will be away for a month, nothing much has been done since the last adjournment.

He assures court that during this adjournment they will make sure to sort out the issues and on the next appearance prosecution will update court on the status of the case.

Defence lawyer Anderson Kesaka then told court that they will apply for bail variation for the accused and also seek the court’s permission to return the files belonging to the accused, James Fang.

Principal Magistrate Ricky Iomea then adjourned the case to Friday this week for bail variation and on October 31 for mention.

James Fang is being accused of having forged and uttered documents earlier this year

He is facing a charge of Forgery and Uttering.

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 $14,000,000 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.

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

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