Monday, March 02, 2009

Qarase set to return from Aussie jaunt

Qarase set to return from Aussie jaunt

Fiji’s ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is expected to return home on Wednesday after being feted in four dinner parties by his party supporters in Australia.

Qarase confirms receiving donations from followers of his Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua, but he is not revealing how much was raised for the party coffer.

“There were dinner parties organised in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. During the dinner parties, the Fiji community got together and gave donations,” said Qarase.

“I will not be disclosing the amount given to the party. All I can say is that this money will be used in the court cases filed by the SDL party since it is an expensive affair to have court cases.”

According to Qarase, the Fiji community in Australia wants Fiji returned to democratic rule.

“Most of the people at these dinner parties told me that they are not happy that their place of birth is being controlled by an unelected government and they would like to see an election as soon as possible so the country can return to democratic rule.”

Qarase had been given leave by the Suva Magistrate Court about two weeks ago to visit family members and grandchildren in Australia.

It is his first trip abroad since his Government was overthrown in a bloodless coup on December 5, 2006.

He is expected to front court again on Thursday over charges brought by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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