Rabuka Charged for Bail Breach

Media Team   |   13 Jul 2018

The SODELPA Party Leader appeared at the Magistrates Court this afternoon facing an additional charge.

Mr. Sitiveni Rabuka was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one (1) count of "Breach of Bail" under the Bail Act of 2002.

He is alleged to have approached and interfered with a witness connected with the case he is involved with, which was a condition imposed by the court whilst granting him bail initially.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge of bail breach.

The lawyers for defence requested that Mr Rabuka be released on bail with Counsel undertaking to explain to him the conditions of bail.

The Prosecution highlighted that the matter is serious as the alleged interference might have an impact on the final outcome of the case.

However, considering the fact that Mr Rabuka was cooperative during the inquiry, Prosecution agreed that the Accused could be released on bail with a stern warning.

The Resident Magistrate Mr. Jioji Boseiwaqa granted him bail with the same sureties and sternly warned the Accused not to breach bail conditions.

Earlier in May, Mr. Rabuka was charged with one (1) count of "Providing False Declaration of Assets, Income and Liabilities" under the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures Act of 2013, to which he pled Not Guilty.

The matter has been adjourned to 27 July 2018.