Rabuka Trial to Commence in October

Media Team   |   20 Aug 2018

The trial dates for the case involving the former Prime Minister was set at the Suva Magistrates Court today.

Resident Magistrate Mr. Jioji Boseiwaqa informed the Court that upon discussion with the Chief Magistrate, the trial will commence from 15 – 19 October before him.

Mr. Sitiveni Rabuka is facing two (2) charges laid on him by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in May and July this year under the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Act No. 4 of 2013 and the Bail Act of 2002.

He is alleged to have provided a false declaration of assets and liabilities to the Supervisor of Elections by failing to provide information pertaining to the tax liability with the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services (FRCS) which amounted to $316,956.20FJD in 2017.

Additionally, he allegedly failed to declare the Investment and interest income with Raghwan Constructions Limited in the amount of $200,000FJD and $16,000FJD respectively and also the liability in the amount of $120,000FJD.

In his second charge, Mr. Rabuka is alleged to have approached and interfered with a witness connected with his first charge, which was a condition imposed by the court whilst granting him bail initially.

FICAC Prosecutor Mr. Rashmi Aslam and Defence counsels Mr. Filimoni Vosarogo and Ms. Lynda Tabuya showed no objection to this.

The matter has been adjourned to 14 September 2018 for Pre-Trial Conference.