16th December 01:44 AM
Rabuka's case adjourned to next Monday
By Semi Turaga
Monday 08/10/2018
SODELPA Leader and Former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka

The pre-trial conference of the case of SODELPA Leader and Former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka was wrapped up today with the case now adjourned to next Monday for the trial to start.

The trial counsel for the defence will be in Fiji next week.

It was earlier confirmed that Queens Counsel Ian Lloyd would defend SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

Today FICAC disclosed information to the defence.

Rabuka's lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo had earlier made two requests: one that the identity of the witness who had filed the complaint against Rabuka about the false declaration be released and two, that the report generated out of the matter be disclosed to them.

The information was sealed in a cover and remains between the two parties only.

Rabuka is charged by FICAC in relation to the declaration of his assets and liabilities as required under the Political Parties Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures Act.

It is alleged that Rabuka made 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, the investment and interest income with Raghwan Construction Limited in the amount of $200,000 and $16,000 respectively and the liability with Raghwan Construction in the amount of $120,000, contrary to the Political Parties Act.

The alleged incident occurred on 29th of December last year.

In the second case, he was charged with allegedly breaching bail conditions in his case.

It is alleged that Rabuka spoke to a FICAC witness in the case.

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