BY JENNIFER KUSAPA
TRIAL into the case against the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Service Edmond Sikua is currently ongoing in the Honiara Magistrate Court.
Prosecution is still calling their witnesses for the trial.
Mr Sikua is charged with seven counts of official corruption contrary to section 91(a) of the Penal Code Cap 26.
Sikua was charged in relation to the allegation on December 22, 2016 for allegedly awarding government tenders worth $630,436.50 to Beeds Investment, a company registered and owned by his two daughters.
Prosecution alleged the accused Sikua is by default the chairman of his ministry’s tender board.
The allegation said between December 18, 2015 and August 29, 2016 Beeds Investments responded to calls for tenders and was awarded business contracts for service delivery to the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services on seven different occasions.
The Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services have made payments of $630,436.50 to Beeds Investments for these services.
Prosecution further alleged that Sikua used his position of power and influence within the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services to manipulate the tendering process for his own and his family’s pecuniary advantage.
Sikua is the third public officer to have been arrested by Janus, since the establishment of the joint taskforce.
Office of the Director Public Prosecution appears for the crown in court.