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A former Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) official has pleaded not guilty to two counts of blackmail over alleged offences that emerged during the trade union royal commission in Canberra.
Fihi Kivalu, 39, was taken into custody yesterday by the Australian Federal Police after he gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, which is currently investigating the activities of the ACT branch of the CFMEU.
The commission heard that Kivalu, who was until recent also the president of a Canberra Labor Party sub-branch, had accepted tens of thousands of dollars from a contractor.
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