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Police probe alleged decree breach

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

THE police are investigating some individuals and organisations for allegedly breaching the provisions of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree Number Four of 2013.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed receiving an official complaint from former parliamentarian Mick Beddoes on Sunday night and said an investigation was in progress.

Mr Beddoes lodged a complaint at the Sabeto Police Station against the Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama, Women's Minister Dr Jiko Luveni and the Fiji Sun newspaper.

He also lodged a complaint against Razor, CJ Patel, Fiji Village and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation for allegedly breaching the decree.

"I believe the abovementioned individuals and organisations have breached part two of the decree," he said in a statement.

In his complaint, Mr Beddoes states that Rear Admiral Bainimarama along with the persons and organisations he has complained against have been promoting and holding the Prime Minister and his current organisation out to be a political party for some time now without the party being registered.

Mr Beddoes said the media organisations and companies named being fully aware of the contents and provisions of Decree No 4 of 2013 continued to promote and hold out Rear Admiral Bainimarama's organisation to be a political party, knowing full well that it has not been registered.

He urged the police to investigate and apply the full provisions of the Political Parties Decree No 4 as far as the offence is concerned and where they determine that the breaches were made, apply the provisions stated in the decree.

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