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If convicted, Frank could face up to 10 years in jail and a 27,000 US dollar fine.

Bainimarama probe outcome needs to be announced soon – academic

Updated at 4:31 am today

An academic on Fiji says the outcome of a police investigation against Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama needs to be announced soon because of its potential implications on the September elections.

The Fiji police have said they are investigating the regime leader for campaigning without having his party registered and displaying an emblem similar to the coat of arms on his campaign bus.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in jail and a 27,000 US dollar fine.

An Auckland University academic, Steven Ratuva, says depending on the outcome of the investigation, Rear Admiral Bainimarama may want to defend himself and the case could end up in court.

“It would need to be investigated pretty early, and whatever decision they’re going to make has to be quite early because it has implications in relation to the formation of a new party and also in relation to campaigns before the election.”

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20 thoughts on “If convicted, Frank could face up to 10 years in jail and a 27,000 US dollar fine.

  1. In Fiji their are two types of law. One law is for Bainimamrma and Khayium. The other is for the people. What is there to investigate! Bainiamarma is full time campaigning. Khayium is also campiging as I witness it in Sigatoka. Both are using government resources for their campaign.
    Why Ravi Narayna is taking time?
    Ravi Narayan is an opportunist as everyone in the police force know.. him well.

  2. Under our independent judiciary, the PM could indeed be convicted and jailed for breaking the election decree. I would, however, assume a very low probability for that to happen. Khaiyum could quickly write another decree exempting himself and the PM from whatever rules apply to others. Its called a dictatorship.

  3. This case will end up in a no case to answer as he has not registered any party yet .Everything he does now can be classified as any work done by any prescribed officer of The Fiji Govt as an employee

  4. Have you actually read any of these decrees that the AGs office is spinning out Mack?! Read, re read, then comment.

  5. Are you kidding me? Who and how can VB be held accountable by the regime when he is the top dog in the pack. If the police cannot hold him for the murders and tortures and the daylight robberies on the national funds, how on earth will the police even interview him on this breach. It is so insignificant relative to his list of serious crimes.

    People, let’s please get away from this fixation on the election. They have spun a web and the majority of us including our prospective leaders are like moths and insects in the spider’s web. We should immediately demand that they step aside and make way for a interim administration. Otherwise, expect the worst when the results come out. Let’s support Mick and the UFDF. Enough is enough.

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