Lawyer bids for case withdrawal

Suva lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo (left) and Sitiveni Rabuka outside court earlier this year. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE

SITIVENI Rabuka’s counsel Filimoni Vosarogo has informed court that he had addressed a letter to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) to withdraw the case against his client.

Mr Vosarogo said this was because the High Court had upheld Mr Rabuka’s acquittal on charges of electoral offences.

Apart from the said offence, Mr Rabuka was also charged for allegedly breaching his bail condition.

It is alleged that on June 18 this year, Mr Rabuka allegedly approached and interfered with one of the prosecution witnesses.

In response, FICAC counsel Sam Savumiramira said FICAC needed more time to confirm their stance on this case.

Mr Vosarogo also sought time from the court and said he had written a letter to the court stating that his client would not be present in court. He said Mr Rabuka was not present in court yesterday as he was engaged in an induction program for newly-elected members of Parliament (MPs).

Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa has adjourned the matter to a later date.

The case has been adjourned to January 30 next year for mention.

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