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Chaudhry awaits sentencing

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, May 01, 2014

FORMER prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry will be sentenced tomorrow after Justice Paul Madigan goes through the mitigation and sentence submission.

Justice Madigan told prosecution and defence that the court intends to sentence Chaudhry tomorrow.

Chaudhry was convicted of three counts of violation of the Foreign Exchange Control Act.

Yesterday Justice Madigan refused an application by the defence counsel of Chaudhry.

The application was made on Monday saying the charges against Chaudhry were wrong and defective.

The court was told that the Minister for Finance and Reserve Bank of Fiji had the powers to give approval and not the governor. Justice Madigan said in an earlier trial, Reddy Enterprise against the RBF, it was ruled that the governor represents the Reserve Bank of Fiji.

Judge Madigan said he found no merit in Chaudhry's application.

Today the prosecution will present its sentence submission with the defence providing the mitigation.

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