Supreme court dismisses Devo’s appeal
20 July, 2017, 6:10 pm
Update: 6:10PM THE appeal application for the former Commissioner Central Inoke Devo to grant him leave to appeal against his sentence and conviction was today dismissed by the highest court in the country.
Mr Devo had appealed
to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal judgment on seven grounds of
appeal and had two main legal arguments which were:
arbitrary act alleged is not closely associated with abuse of office;
is no a financial rule or regulations exhibited/proven to establish the
arbitrary act in abuse of authority.
this Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) argued
that the holistic conduct of the petitioner constituted an inseparable link of
his act and motive which established the abuse of office and, there is no
strict way of proving the act of abuse of office using financial rules and
regulations as the conduct could constitute an arbitrary act in a variety of
Supreme Court judge
Justice Suresh Chandra in his judgment said he saw no error
in the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
said the grounds adduced by Devo seeking leaving to appeal have no merit and do
not meet the required threshold for granting leave.
Devo who was
charged with five counts of official corruption and four counts of abuse of
office was convicted on three counts of abuse of office and was sentenced on April
9, 2010 for nine months.