Qarase found guilty, judgement tomorrow
July 30, 2012 03:07:32 PM
Former director of Fijian Holdings Limited (FHL) Laisenia Qarase was found guilty of all nine charges by the three assessors in the High Court in Suva this afternoon and a judgement will be delivered tomorrow.
The assessors found Qarase guilty of six counts of abuse of office and three counts of discharge of duty with respect to a property in which he has a private interest.
High Court Judge Justice Priyantha Fernando is expected to make his final judgment tomorrow.
The court heard during Justice Fernando’s summing up that it was up to the assessors to decide which evidence they would accept and the decision will be up to them.
Justice Fernando told the assessors their decision should be their own and they should not listen to whatever is said outside of court.
The court heard that the assessor’s duty was to find out the truth and not get carried away by their emotions.
It is alleged Qarase between 1992 to 2000 while employed as a director of Fijian Holdings Limited, Financial Advisor of the Fijian Affairs Board and advisor to the Great Council of Chiefs, in abuse of the authority of his office, did arbitrary acts.
He is alleged to have applied in the name of Cicia Plantation Co-op Society Limited, Mavana Investments Limited and a family owned company named Q-Ten Investments Limited for the issuance and allotment of Class A shares in Fijian Holdings Limited.
By Mereani Gonedua