Ruling in Bogia MP case expected soon

A ruling into charges of official corruption, abuse of office and misappropriation against Bogia MP Sir John Hickey is expected to be handed down at the District Court on December 4.

Hickey’s lawyer returned to the District Court before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli this morning but without the leader.

He arrived minutes later but did not go into the court room.

Police prosecution today handed in their response of submissions that were previously made by Hickey’s lawyer before Magistrate Gauli.

The matter has since been set for a ruling on December 4.

Hickey first appeared before the district court on March 18, 2015.

It is alleged that the MP between the 22nd August and 3rd October 2013 being the chairman of the Joint District Planning and Budget Priorities Committee cashed out a cheque to the value of K680,000 to a Kapale Limited, a company owned by his adopted son Kelly Salung without proper tender process where Hickey is charged for official corruption.

The second charge of abuse of office is also supposed to have happened between the same period where the MP chaired a meeting which excluded all local level government presidents as members of the Joint District Budget Priorities committee and allowed 3 ordinary members to sit in the meeting where they passed a resolution to purchase a ship worth K700, 000.

Again this ship purchase was awarded to the company of his adopted son while the third charge is in relation to the misappropriation of K680,000 to Kapale limited.

Photo: Above is a file picture of Hickey and his lawyer outside the National Court house after one of his tribunal hearings.

Sally Pokiton