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NLTB trio appear in court

Nasik Swami
Friday, March 01, 2013

THE lawyer of the then Native Land Trust Board director Keni Dakuidreketi yesterday requested the High Court in Suva if the current iTaukei Lands Trust Board could provide more documents for his client.

Ravi Singh, representing Mr Dakuidreketi, made the request before Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam.

Mr Dakuidreketi appeared together with former prime minister and then NLTB chairman Laisenia Qarase and former general manager Kalivati Bakani.

The three are charged with four counts of fraudulent conversion and three counts of abuse of office.

It is alleged the three were involved in having caused or fraudulently applied the Extinct Mataqali Funds in the sum of $3.44million to Vanua Development Corporation Limited and later on to Pacific Connex Limited, contrary to the purposes and role of the NLTB and also contrary to the purpose of Vanua Development Corporation Limited.

Justice Kumararatnam adjourned the matter to June 26.