Fiji Supreme Court dismisses Dakuidreketi’s appeal application

Keni Dakuidreketi. Picture: FT FILE

THE appeal application by former then-Native Land Trust Board member Keni Dakuidreketi against his sentence and conviction was today refused and dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Dakuidreketi had appealed to the highest court in the country against the Court of Appeal judgment, which was dismissed on September 14 last year.
He was convicted in the High Court in Suva of five counts of abuse of office for the purpose of gain, and he was sentenced to six years imprisonment on August 15, 2014, with a non-parole period of five years.
While delivering the judgement, Justice Saleem Marsoof also affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal.
He said the petitioner had failed to satisfy the Court of Appeal regarding any of the errors in relation to the sentences imposed on the petitioner by the trial judge, and the grounds urged by the petitioner on the leave to appeal on the sentence did not satisfy the criteria set out in Section 7 (2) of the Supreme Act for the grant of leave to appeal.