Fiji Time: 3:54 AM on Wednesday 1 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Sole State witness

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, April 03, 2014

STATE prosecutors produced only one witness before closing their case in the trial of former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry who faces three counts for violating the Foreign Exchange Control Act.

The morning began with Justice Paul Madigan setting out the guidelines for the four assessors as the trial proper commenced yesterday.

He told the assessors that in court, nobody received special favours, and that everyone before the court was equal, be it a former politician or a cleaner.

The assessors were also told to set aside their political affiliation and base their decision on the evidence provided in the court.

State prosecutor Clive Grossman delivered his opening address starting with the charges faced by Mr Chaudhry.

He said Mr Chaudhry was in violation of the Act because the law required him to bring into Fiji any money he had overseas if he had not declared it to the Reserve Bank of Fiji.

He said, according to the first count Mr Chaudhry between November 1, 2000 and July 23, 2010 had $AUS1.5million ($F2.5m) which he received from the people of India and kept in various banks in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Grossman said in the second count Mr Chaudhry invested the money with a bank in Australia which is not authorised by the RBF.

He said according to the third count Mr Chaudhry then prolonged his investment with the bank in Australia thus being in violation of the Act.

RBF board secretary Sabrina Hannif gave sworn evidence verifying a letter sent to Mr Chaudhry by RBF lawyers telling him to comply with the RBF guidelines in regards to foreign currency abroad.

During cross examination she told the court there were no forms to fill but a written declaration if someone were to declare foreign currency abroad.





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. Australia applauds Fiji
  2. FLP mourns death of party member
  3. Memorial for former teacher
  4. Advice against unhealthy diets
  5. Aussies restore ties
  6. Relief for Westerners as rain falls
  7. Forgiveness and reconciliation to benefit vanua
  8. Police treat death of girl, 13, as murder
  9. Longer dry spell looms
  10. Ministry gets updates

Top Stories this Week

  1. Ro Teimumu is Leader of the Opposition Wednesday (24 Sep)
  2. Mata apologises Wednesday (24 Sep)
  3. Luveni vacates her seat, Tuitubou is now an elected MP Wednesday (24 Sep)
  4. PM designates Cabinet portfolios Thursday (25 Sep)
  5. Our new Speaker Thursday (25 Sep)
  6. Moment of silence Thursday (25 Sep)
  7. Salary budget soon Thursday (25 Sep)
  8. PM's first official trip Wednesday (24 Sep)
  9. PM: Work with me Monday (29 Sep)
  10. Police intervene Friday (26 Sep)