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Defence closing

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, July 26, 2014

BUSINESSMAN Keni Dakuidreketi's defence counsels were told to give their closing submissions on Monday instead of yesterday.

Mr Dakuidreketi pleaded not guilty to five counts of abuse of office.

The charges are related to him being the former chairman of the then-Native Land Trust Board's commercial arm Vanua Development, and using government money and money belonging to extinct mataqali for dealing with Ballu Khan's software company Pacific Connex.

In court, the defence counsels said they would address matters of law in their closing.

The court was told that the defence would also like to be uninterrupted by prosecution when delivering the closing.

Justice Janaka Bandara said the defence should stick to the facts of the case when briefing the assessors.

He said all matters of law would be dealt by him.


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