Motion struck out

Update: 2:48PM CHIEF Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili today struck out a motion by the defence in the case of the former minister of Education, Dr Mahendra Reddy.

The
defence had wanted to file a motion in court which it had already served to the
prosecution to which prosecution had replied. 

Defence
lawyer Devanesh Sharma today informed the court that he wished to withdraw the
motion and there would not be any voir dire issues before the trial.

Mr
Ratuvili then struck out the motion and adjourned the matter to September 6,
2017 for trial proper.

Dr Reddy who appeared in at the Suva Magistrates court today
is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with
one count of bribery contrary to Section 140 (2) of the Electoral Act No. 11 of
2014 and one count of undue influence contrary to Section 141 of the Electoral
Act No. 11 of 2014.

Rashmi
Aslam appeared for FICAC while Avinesh Reddy assisted Mr Sharma.

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