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A-G to look into Help for Homes rehab probe

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, February 01, 2018

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has assured members of the public in the south of Taveuni that he will look into the plight of 11 families who had their Help for Homes rehabilitation cards seized by police for investigations in July last year.

Responding to concerns raised by John Leo Appna during the Prime Minister's talanoa session at Navakawau last week, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he would liaise with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as to why investigations were taking long.

Mr Appna said he had raised his concern about the 11 families during the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's past visit to Taveuni.

He said families were still living in tents because they could not access their building materials from hardware companies after their cards were seized by police.

"The last we were told was that the cards had been sent to the ODPP and we are still wondering when these families would receive their assistance cards," he said.

The ODPP said items seized during investigations were kept in police custody until they were required as evidence in court proceedings.

"Once the court proceedings are concluded, all exhibits are returned to their rightful owners," the ODPP said in a statement.

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