TRIAL on the case of the former Central Bank employee (CBSI) who allegedly stole more than a million dollars of muted notes from the Bank continues, in the High Court.
The trial has started with a voir dire hearing in late March followed by a long adjournment as the presiding judge was on sick leave.
The ruling was then heard in May in which the Judge ruled in favour of the prosecution.
Trial proper then followed with the prosecution now in the evidence of its sixth witness and will call six more witnesses before concluding its case.
The former currency officer is standing trial for allegedly stealing more than $1.7 million of muted notes from the bank between 2007 and 2009.
That was when the bank was in the process of destroying the muted notes.
The 44-year-old father faces 38 counts of money laundering charges and two counts of larceny & embezzlement.
Prosecution alleged Bobongi on various occasions deposited certain amounts into his Bank of South Pacific (BSP) Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) accounts and that of his wife’s.
It was also alleged that part of the money was used by Bobongi to pay for properties.
Some of the muted notes were allegedly found in his brief case when police searched his house.
Trial before Justice Leonard Maina continues today.
Bobongi is represented by Wayne Ghemu and Sevuloni Valenitabua of Public Solicitor’s Office, while Director of public prosecution Ronald Bei Talasasa and Crown Prosecutor Maito’o Hauirae appeared for the state.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN