Fiji Time: 7:15 AM on Tuesday 21 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Chaudhry files appeal application

Shalveen Chand
Friday, May 09, 2014

FORMER prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry has lodged an appeal against his sentence and conviction on the violation of the Foreign Exchange Control Act.

Chaudhry, who maintains the leadership of the Fiji Labour Party, was found guilty on three counts of violating the Exchange Control Act.

Chaudhry had not declared $A1.5million ($F2.6m) he kept in banks in Australia to the Reserve Bank of Fiji and went on to receive interest from the money after it was allowed to be invested.

Justice Paul Madigan sentenced Chaudhry to pay a fine of $2m, or in default spend 15 months in prison, with a 12-month parole period.

The Electoral Decree states anyone in the eight years prior to the election gets convicted of an offence for which the maximum jail time is more than 12 months, cannot be an election candidate.

In this case, the maximum jail time under the law violated by Chaudhry is two years or 24 months.

According to Chaudhry's counsel Anand Singh, an appeal against the conviction had already been filed, now they have extended the application to include the sentence as well.

A date for the hearing is yet to be set.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62050.6015
JPY 55.545452.5454
GBP 0.36760.3596
EUR 0.41340.4014
NZD 0.71590.6829
AUD 0.64370.6187
USD 0.48830.4713

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 20th, November, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fiji Bati requests for continued prayers
  2. Tsunami watch for Fiji
  3. Resort schooner sinks, passengers and crew safe
  4. Schooling in tents
  5. Tura's mountain
  6. Drug raid ends in arrest
  7. Estonia downs Fiji 2-0
  8. FSC 'technically insolvent', says NFP leader
  9. Parental negligence investigated in alleged rape case
  10. RKSOB lead fight against prostate

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fiji places second for Miss World 2017 talent Wednesday (15 Nov)
  2. COP23: France invite for Timoci Friday (17 Nov)
  3. Students holiday fares clarified Tuesday (14 Nov)
  4. Where there's a will... Thursday (16 Nov)
  5. Stunningly impressive Tuesday (14 Nov)
  6. Walker brothers' radar focuses on Fiji Bati kingpin Friday (17 Nov)
  7. Bati-mania Tuesday (14 Nov)
  8. 'God first' Sunday (19 Nov)
  9. Tighten defence Wednesday (15 Nov)
  10. Timoci opens COP23 Thursday (16 Nov)