SODELPA leader Rabuka warned to stay away from State witnesses

Sitiveni Rabuka meeting supporters and family members outside court this afternoon. Picture: JONA KONATACI

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka was today warned to stay away from prosecution witnesses.

Mr Rabuka appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa at the Suva Magistrates Court.

Mr Rabuka is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption 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 relation to his substantive matter.

In the substantive matter, the former prime minister is charged with one count of providing false declaration of his assets, income and liabilities.

Mr Rabuka pleaded guilty to the charge after it was read out to him in court.

He has been released on bail and will reappear in court on July 27.

Mr Rabuka was represented in court by Filimoni Vosarogo and Devanesh Sharma.

Rashmi Aslam appeared for FICAC.