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Chaudhry faces maximum imprisonment of two years or a penalty of three times more than the funds invested overseas.

Assessors find Chaudhry guilty

12:30 Today

FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry with his lawyer in court

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Shanal Sivan

Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has been found guilty by all four assessors.

Chaudhry is guilty of failing to surrender foreign currency of about AUD$1.5 million.

The second charge is in relation to dealing in foreign currency without permission and the third charge relates to investing 1.5 million Australian dollars in Australia and New Zealand without permission from the Reserve Bank of Fiji.

Judge Justice Paul Madigan will deliver his judgment at 3pm today.

Chaudhry faces maximum imprisonment of two years or a penalty of three times more than the funds invested overseas.

After the coup of May 2000, Chaudhry visited India to gather support against his overthrow as Prime Minister.

On the tour, he received $1 million to help him and his family resettle out of Fiji.

However, he then invested the money in bank accounts in Australia and New Zealand without seeking approvals from the Reserve Bank of Fiji.
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9 thoughts on “Chaudhry faces maximum imprisonment of two years or a penalty of three times more than the funds invested overseas.

  1. The judge kept on reminding the assessors to focus on the RBF witness evidence which is very clear the outcome of the verdict will not be in favour of Mr Chaudhry. Political Judgment/Verdict.

  2. Vineet he kept reminding them that because of the fact that Chaudary has crossed all limits.At one time this man must have thought he was the only law in Fiji ,not knowing every dog has his day

  3. Vineet,

    Isn’t the case all about the breaking the law, which is the exchange control act.

    I feel sorry for the man but am reminded that we all have our days and we reap what we sow.

  4. Love him or hate him, the political battlefield leading up to the promised September elections will loose much of its vigour, colour and intensity without the versatile and hard-punching Chaudhry. Fiji’s military junta will be celebrating tonight – they’ve managed to remove their most fiercest of opponents, Qarase and Chaudhry even before the fight begins. ‘Who is next?’ as Bainimarama and Khaiyum beat their chests in unison basking in the glory of today’s inquisition. And so passes another day in this beautiful south seas paradise ‘where happiness finds you’.

  5. There were 4 assessors. 2 indo fijians and 2 taukei.

    All found choro guitly on all 3 counts.

    Choro did not want to be cross examined. He knew he will have to admit he had the money. In fact, he admitted in his avidavit that he had money and did not know he breached the EC act.

    Choro would have saved himself had he brought the money even as far back as 2009. Now the money was for the poor farmers. He will pay for his crimes.

  6. Perhaps in time to come Chor could share a cell with Frank and Aiyaz,

    SUPER SIZE JUSTICE

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