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June 29, 2013


The Suva High Court has discharged the case against the former prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, alleging abuse of office and fraudulent conversion in relation to the Native Land Trust Board.

It follows a decision by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption not to continue with the case.

The case was discharged this afternoon by the High Court judge, Justice Janaka Bandara, after FICAC lawyers filed a nolle prosequi.

A pleased Qarase, who was released from Korovou Prison recently, has told Fiji media: “I have already served my sentence in the first case, and this one has been discharged so I am a free person. My wife and I like to travel to the States to visit our children and grandchildren there.”

Qarase was accused of channelling three million dollars of the Extinct Mataqali Funds to Vanua Development Corporation Limited and later on to Pacific Connex Limited, which was owned by New Zealand businessman, Ballu Khan, between December 2003 and September 2005.

FICAC is going ahead with its case against two others charged alongside Qarase, the former general manager of the Native Land Trut Board, Kalivati Bakani, and former chair of the Vanua Development Corporation, Keni Dakuidreketi.


Source – Fijisun online; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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