Fiji Time: 9:33 PM on Wednesday 22 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Christmas in prison

Mere Naleba
Thursday, December 06, 2012

THE Fiji Court of Appeal has refused former prime minister Laisenia Qarase's application for bail pending appeal.

Qarase was convicted of six counts of abuse of office and three of discharge of duty with respect to property in which he had a private interest. He was jailed for 12 months.

For his appeal, Qarase relied on 10 submissions. He submitted that his continued incarceration was detrimental to his health and family. This was objected to by FICAC lawyer Vincent Perera who said this was additional ground for submissions and he was not aware of it.

Qarase said he was not placed in the infirmary although recommended by the government and prison medical board. He submitted that other persons of similar age and slightly better health but convicted for similar offences had been placed in the infirmary.

Qarase included in his appeal that he currently faced charges in the High Court which were of a complex matter and that he should make himself available to instruct his lawyers or defend himself in the proceedings.

He said he had not breached any bail condition and he was ready to produce sureties, surrender his travel documents and report daily as part of bail conditions.

He also submitted that the sentence passed by the trial judge were harsh and excessive. Mr Perera said Qarase had not raised any issues in the High Court regarding his alleged difficulties in preparing for his other court cases.

Resident Justice of Appeal Suresh Chandra said the appeal although arguable did not reach the threshold of being highly likely to succeed.

"The matters referring to the period of the sentence likely to be served up to the hearing of the appeal and the conditions of health of the appellant do not take the applications any further," he said.

He ruled that the appeal be taken up for hearing at the next session of the Court of Appeal in February next year.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Budget overspent
  2. $20m in excess
  3. $11.9m in arrears
  4. Finance scrutiny
  5. Military overspends
  6. No spending ledger maintained
  7. Woman dies, defacto partner in custody
  8. Poor control of permit database
  9. Financial boost for hospital's oncology unit
  10. Anomalies in books

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  3. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  4. Law and order Thursday (16 Oct)
  5. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  6. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  8. Praises for Fiji sevens team after win in Australia Thursday (16 Oct)
  9. 8-room home gutted Friday (17 Oct)
  10. Budget overspent Wednesday (22 Oct)