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Political witch hunt and circus: Sayed-Khaiyum

Former Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the recent prosecution of former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama,  former Health Minister Neil Sharma and him has become somewhat of a political circus and a witch hunt pushed by the Coalition Government.

Speaking to the media outside the Magistrate’s Court in Suva yesterday, Sayed-Khaiyum said this is to distract the public.

Sayed-Khaiyum claimed a lot of political maneuvering is happening in the background, in order to distract the public from the poor economic performance, increased cost of living, and mass migration of Fijians overseas.

He said he and Bainimarama had been questioned in relation to one of these charges last year and the Criminal Investigations Department was ordered to hurry along to lay charges on the trio.

He said one of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions lawyers told the court that this was an outstanding matter and that it needed to be hurried along too.

“If this is a matter of urgency, why did they not charge us last year? This is why you see a lot of political maneuvering behind the scene,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Sharma is charged with two counts of abuse of office, and two counts of breach of trust, while Bainimarama is charged with one count of abuse of office and Sayed-Khaiyum is charged with one count of abuse of office and one count of obstructing of justice.

It is alleged that they failed to comply with statutory requirements for tenders as stipulated under the 2010 Procurement Regulation.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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