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QC queries records

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

THE nature of how the minutes of meetings were recorded by former Fijian Holdings Limited secretary Sitiveni Weleilakeba was dangerous, unsafe and not something to rely on for conclusion, the Fiji Court of Appeal heard yesterday.

Former prime minister Laisenia Qarase's Queen's Counsel Remy van de Wiel, in appealing against his client's conviction and sentence in the Fiji Court of Appeal, said Mr Weleilakeba did not do a good job of keeping minutes of meetings.

Qarase appealed his conviction on 17 grounds, claiming there was a miscarriage of justice.

In court yesterday, QC van de Weil questioned why Mr Weleilakeba refused to keep any records of the meeting when Qarase had declared his interest for Cicia Plantation Co-op Society Limited, Mavana Investments Limited and Q-Ten Investments Limited.

QC van de Wiel told the court it was the secretary's job to note everything that was said during their meeting but the only evidence that could be seen noted was that the board had resolved an issue.

QC Wiel told the court there were no specific details written in the minutes or which board members were present during the meetings. He informed the court FHL was just a private company and there was no special character given to the company or to the dividends. He also highlighted the judge who had presided over the trial did not do a proper analysis of all the information provided and did not relate law to the facts.

He said the prosecution only relied on forms and there was no substance to their case.