September 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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Fiji’s Court of Appeal in Suva today scheduled Laisenia Qarase’s Leave to Appeal hearing date for October 31, 2012.

This is after his lawyer Tupou Draunidalo requested the court if their appeal against a 1-year sentence handed to Qarase in July could come before the Court of Appeal in the November session rather than next year.

Newly appointed resident Justice of Appeal Justice Suresh Chandra said it should not clash with the court’s timetable.

Draunidalo will make her submission on October 2 while Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) lawyer, Vinsent Perera, asked the court if he could make his submission on October 17, 2012.

Justice Chandra reminded Draunidalo to consider the grounds of the appeal on the questions of law and facts and should identify those areas in her submission.

Qarase was not present today.

By Ropate Valemei


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