Nobody above the law: SODELPA leader Rabuka

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka surrounded by party members and well wishers outside the Government Building.. Picture: ATU RASEA

“NOBODY is above the law.”

Those were the words of SODELPA party leader Sitiveni Rabuka after being acquitted for one charge by the Suva Magistrates Court today.

The former Prime Minister said he always had confidence in the judicial system.

“I had been confident of the law in Fiji and I am so glad the way it rolled out today, Mr Rabuka said as he thanked his legal team and his supporters for the support and prayers.

Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa ruled that prosecution had failed to prove the elements of the offence.

Mr Rabuka was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in relation to his alleged failure to declare his assets, liabilities, and income contrary to the Political Party Act.

In the second matter, Rabuka was charged for allegedly interfering with a prosecution witness.

Defence lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo informed the court that he would be liaising with FICAC on whether they would proceed with the matter.

The matter has been adjourned to October 23, 2018.

FICAC has also appealed the decision on 15 grounds.