Fiji Time: 11:49 AM on Friday 19 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

FICAC appeals Dr Reddy acquittal

Aqela Susu
Friday, December 08, 2017

THE Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) is now awaiting a notice from the High Court to hear its appeal against the acquittal of former education minister Dr Mahendra Reddy.

Dr Reddy was accused of having conferred or offered to confer a benefit, namely a steady water source, for Ra High School in order to influence the vote of Waisea Lelobo, the school manager. He was alleged to have interfered with the free exercise or performance of a political right of Mr Lelobo that is relevant to the 2018 election.

But in a ju­dgment chief magistr­ate Usaia Ratuvili said the prose­c­ution failed to prove both allegati­ons against Dr Reddy and found him not guilty of the offence and acquitted him of one count of bribery and one count of undue influence. "There is no conclusive evidence as to how a statement made on or about May 8, 2017, will adversely interfere with this registered voter exercising his political rights in a yet to be declared general election scheduled some time in 2018," he said.

Yesterday, FICAC confirmed that it had lodged an appeal with the High Court in Suva based on eight grounds.








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 0.62390.6049
JPY 56.369653.3696
GBP 0.36040.3524
EUR 0.41060.3986
NZD 0.69380.6608
AUD 0.63130.6063
USD 0.50390.4869

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 19th, January, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Patient info leaked
  2. Four miss out
  3. Men appear in court for separate cases
  4. Ministry looks into Kanailagi case
  5. 624,404 voters
  6. Stench concern
  7. A simple turn of the tap
  8. 4-day water cut for West
  9. Blocked drain an eyesore, health issue
  10. No outbreak, says Akbar

Top Stories this Week

  1. Trip turns tragic Thursday (18 Jan)
  2. Love will keep us together Sunday (14 Jan)
  3. $100 a day Sunday (14 Jan)
  4. Mela beats the odds Thursday (18 Jan)
  5. Capt William calls it a day after 45 years Sunday (14 Jan)
  6. Nadi man dies in crash Wednesday (17 Jan)
  7. National strike if no resolution, says FTUC Sunday (14 Jan)
  8. Teachers transfer policy Monday (15 Jan)
  9. Tube ride to school Thursday (18 Jan)
  10. Man attacks partner Monday (15 Jan)