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Suva, FIJI – October 1, 2020: 8:01am (RNZ PACIFIC): Two opposition MPs in Fiji are being questioned by the Independent Commission against Corruption over alleged breaches of the Parliamentary Remuneration Act.

They are among several MPs investigated for allegedly claiming travel and accommodation allowances they were not entitled to.

Photo: RNZI Sally Round

The Social Democratic Liberal Party says Niko Nawaikula and Simi Rasova were taken in by anti-corruption officials on Wednesday.

SODELPA’s General Secretary Emele Duituturaga says the pair were accompanied by their lawyers.

The commission said it had received a complaint from the Parliament Secretariat about the alleged breaches.

Duituturaga said she visited Nawaikula and Rasova and “they are both in good spirits”.

In August, Government MP Vijendra Prakash and Opposition MP Salote Radrodro were questioned by the anti-corruption body.

Other MPs implicated by the Parliament Secretariat included SODELPA Vice President Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, Adi Litia Qionibaravi, Mosese Bulitavu, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua and Peceli Vosanibola.

In July the party’s offices were searched by FICAC officials.

Duituturaga said information and documentation on the party’s membership and registration were targetted in the search, including residential addresses of certain SODELPA MPs.

She said party leader Sitiveni Rabuka, President Ratu Epenisa Cakobau and member Ratu Jone Lesuma co-operated with the FICAC officers during the search.

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