Friday, September 30, 2011

Vindictive Regime Appeal Against Tuisolia Refused

Fiji Times News - 30 September 2011
by Mary Rauto


Tuisolia still being pursued by illegal Fiji regime

AN appeal by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption against businessman Ratu Sakiusa Tuisolia was refused yesterday.
Delivering the ruling yesterday, Court of Appeal Judge Justice Kankani Chitrasiri said the prosecution failed to establish any injustice had occurred to the prosecution at the trial.
He highlighted a Court of Appeal of New Zealand criteria to grant special leave to appeal out of time to justify a departure from the principle of finality.
Ratu Sakiusa was acquitted of three counts of fraudulent falsification of account charges by the High Court in Suva last year.
FICAC filed a Notice of Appeal against the judgment on November 29, last year and it was served to Ratu Sakiusa.
But on May 30, this year, Registry of the Court of Appeal informed FICAC the appeal was marked deemed and abandoned on December 7, 2010.
Fresh application for special leave to appeal was filed in July but Ratu Sakiusa had departed for the Philippines in December.
Justice Chitrasiri said FICAC failed to show any special circumstances identified in the New Zealand case for the grant of special leave to appeal.
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