A businessman accused of bribing a public official to secure a $150,000 Chinese tech goods deal is fighting to keep his name secret.
The now 56-year-old has pleaded not guilty to one charge laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) under the Secret Commissions Act.
The businessman sought to keep his identity hidden on appeal in the High Court after Judge Bill Hastings denied the bid in the Auckland District Court last month.
After a short hearing, Justice Paul Davison reserved his decision.
The former council worker accused of taking the bribe was also charged after an investigation by the SFO.
Sundeep Dilip Rasila, 41, has pleaded not guilty to charges of accepting or obtaining a bribe, and inducing or causing another person to “deliver over, execute, make, accept, endorse or alter” the contract for a pecuniary advantage.
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