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Judge to rule on particulars

Shalveen Chand
Friday, June 13, 2014

JUSTICE Janaka Bandara will give a ruling today on whether FICAC can file more particulars and order for formalisation of information in the case of Kalivati Bakani and Keni Dakuidreketi.

The two men are charged with abuse of office, which relate to dealings between iTaukei Land Trust Board, Vanua Development, a defunct software and the extinct mataqali fund.

Mr Dakuidreketi's lawyers yesterday made oral submissions that FICAC had finally come through by identifying the particulars by saying they would be sticking to the particulars provided in the letter sent in February this year.

The court was told in a new letter this month, FICAC had suggested two new particulars. The defence said it was the prosecutions duty to provide the right particulars so the defence had a fair idea what the trial was about.

FICAC said such decisions could lead to evidence being struck out.

FICAC said they had done what the defence had wanted them to do.

The prosecution said the particulars listed were not new and they had no reason to prejudice the defence.

Justice Bandara said FICAC had been in the spotlight for taking such a long time to conform to the initial particulars.

He said the trial would be complex with a lot of reliance on documentary evidence.

He added he will make a ruling on the issue of the particulars so the trial can start without any hiccups.

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