We refer to the media statements made by Hon Minster for Sugar, Mr Charan Jeath Singh, on certain investigations pertaining to Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC). It appears that the Hon Minister was not fully equipped with the true facts of the FICAC investigations and merely relying upon information he received from his officials and third parties. Although FICAC does not comment on its ongoing investigations, we wish to provide the following facts to set the record straight.
The ongoing investigations against former FSC CEO, Abdul Khan, was consequent to an intelligence report received by FICAC and not a complaint made by FSC. FICAC is in the process of finalizing the investigations with the assistance of its international counterparts through the Office of Attorney General.
All investigation materials, files and exhibits obtained during the investigations are safe and never went missing as alleged by the Hon Minister. FICAC never requested FSC to resubmit files and these claims are simply untrue.
We sincerely believe that the new Minister was not fully apprised with true facts of the case when he made those statements and it is unfortunate that his office failed to verify the true status of the facts with FICAC through the appropriate channel.