Friday, June 14, 2024
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Fix hearing to this year: Rabuku

The Acting Director of Public Prosecutions John Rabuku says he wants a hearing in the case of the former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Commissioner of Police Sitiveni Qiliho in the abuse of office case, fixed for this year.

Both Bainimarama and Qiliho appeared before Magistrate Jeremaia Savou this morning.

Rabuku also told the court that they have served the defence counsels the Agreed Facts in the case; however, they have yet to respond.

Suva lawyer, Davenesh Sharma confirmed that they have received the Agreed Facts, however, required 14 days to go to them.

He requested the State to send them a soft copy.

In response, Acting DPP told the Court this would also be enough time for the Defence to go through and finalise their objections to the Caution Interview.

Meanwhile, Bainimarama is charged with one count of unwarranted demands made by a public official, while Qiliho is charged with two counts of abuse of office.

It is alleged that Bainimarama, between the 21st of May 2021 to the 18th of August 2021 in Suva, being employed as a public official, made an unwarranted demand to Rusiate Tudravu, to terminate the employment of Sergeant Penieli Ratei and Police Constable Tomasi Naulu from the Fiji Police Force, and if he did not terminate the officers, he was to hand in his resignation.

It is alleged his demand was directly related to Bainimarama’s official capacity as the Prime Minister of Fiji and was done to influence Tudravu, a public official, in the exercise of his official duty as the Acting Commissioner of Police.

It is alleged that Qiliho, between the 5th to the 18th of August 2021 in Suva, being employed as the Commissioner of Police, reviewed the disciplinary decision given by Rusiate Tudravu as the Acting Commissioner of Police against Sergeant Penieli Ratei and Police Constable Tomasi Naulu which was five equivalent paid working days, and contrary to this decision terminated the employment of Ratei and Naulu from the Fiji Police Force in the abuse of the authority of his office which was an arbitrary act, prejudicial to the rights of Ratei and Naulu.

The matter has been adjourned to June 10 for mention.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
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