FICAC seeks more time

Former Prime Minister and SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka outside the Suva courthouse on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) sought time from the court to file and present their closing submission to the defence.

The closing submission hearing in the case against Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka was scheduled to be heard before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa yesterday.

However, FICAC counsel Sam Savumiramira made an application in court and said the prosecution was yet to complete their closing submission. He said they would be able to submit their closing submission to the defence by midday yesterday.

Mr Rabuka’s counsel, Filimoni Vosarogo responded and said they had reached an agreement with FICAC in this matter.

Mr Vosarogo said FICAC’s senior counsel Rashi Aslam had sent a copy of their skeleton submission to the defence.

He said the defence lawyer Queens Counsel Ian Lloyd would need time to file his response. Mr Boseiwaqa granted the application by the prosecution and rescheduled the closing submission hearing to today.

It is alleged that on December 29, 2017, Mr Rabuka provided a false declaration of assets and liabilities to the Supervisor of Elections by failing to provide information, namely the tax liability with Fiji Revenue and Customs Service in the amount of $316,956.20, the investment and interest income with said Raghwan Construction Ltd in the amount of $120,000 contrary to the Political Parties Act.

He is also charged for allegedly breaching his bail condition. The matter will be called at 10.30am at the Magistrates Court in Suva.

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