The case involving a senior Accountant who confessed he failed to declare more than $200,000 to Customs and Immigration has been further
adjourned to October 20.
Everlyn Diudi previously pleaded guilty to the charges of failing to declare foreign currencies to Customs officers and false declaration.
She was working at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism at that time of the offending.
The case was adjourned to yesterday for mitigation and sentencing submissions.
Her lawyer however was not present in court and the magistrate presiding on her case is currently on a compassionate leave.
Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika had therefore adjourned Diudi’s case so that she would appear before the magistrate who presided over her case.
Diudi failed to declare PGK 95,000 which is about more than SBD $200,000 when she entered the country on July 12, this year from Papua New Guinea.
That money was said to be left over imprest for the entire delegation that went to the 5th Melanesian Arts Festival in PNG on June 28 to July 11, this year.
The accused was part of the delegation and was the one responsible for the imprest.
Few days later, Diudi went to the ANZ bank with the PGK 95,000 to buy Solomon Islands currency when she was asked about the money and whether she declared it.
The matter was reported to police and Diudi was charged after customs confirmed she did not declare the money.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN