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Not guilty and guilty

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, August 02, 2014

ASSESSORS in the trial of businessman Keni Dakuidreketi gave a unanimous not guilty opinion for the five counts of abuse of office for the purpose of gain.

However, for the five counts of abuse of office, they found him guilty.

High Court judge Justice Janaka Bandara took the entire day yesterday to sum up the case to assessors because a large amount of evidence was presented during the month and a half-long trial.

Assessors took over an hour to return with their opinions.

Mr Dakuidreketi was alleged to have used extinct mataqali funds and government grants to finance businessman Ballu Khan's IT company Pacific Connex through Vanua Development Corporation Limited (VDCL), a limited liability company of the then-Native Land Trust Board.

VDCL is the investment arm of NLTB.

Justice Bandara thanked the assessors for their service to the court as judges of facts.

Justice Bandara will deliver his judgment next Tuesday.

He gave notice for co-accused Kalivati Bakani to attend court on the same day.


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