Rabuka trial to begin tomorrow

Sitiveni Rabuka’s counsel QC Ian Lloyd outside court this morning. Picture: LITIA CAVA

THE case against the former Prime Minister and Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka has been rescheduled to commence at the Magistrates Court in Suva tomorrow.

The voir dire hearing was supposed to begin this morning.

However Mr Rabuka’s counsel Queen’s Counsel Ian Lloyd today said the defence would not be challenging Mr Rabuka’s caution interview.

He also requested prosecution to provide him the bundle of documents that they would be using during the trial.

FICAC’s senior counsel Rashmi Aslam agreed to the request that was made by Mr Lloyd.

Mr Rabuka is represented by Mr Lloyd and Suva lawyers,Filimoni Vosarogo and Lynda Tabuya.

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.

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

The trial proper will begin at the Magistrates Court in Suva at 10am tomorrow.

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