#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Chaudhry on 12 charges of money laundering, tax evasion and fraud

Friday, July 23, 2010

Chaudhry on 12 charges of money laundering, tax evasion and fraud

By Michael Field

The former Fiji prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, has appeared before a Suva magistrate on 12 charges of money laundering, tax evasion and fraud involving NZ$1.8 million given to him by supporters in India when he was seized and held as a hostage. 
Chaudhry, who was prime minister for exactly a year from May 19, 1999, to May 19, 2000, took the money and put it in banks in Australia and New Zealand. 

After the 2006 military coup, Chaudhry joined Voreqe Bainimarama as finance minister and was cleared by an investigation into wrong doing then. 

Chaudhry, Fiji's first Indo-Fijian prime minister, later quit his post and recently his Fiji Labour Party has been critical of Bainimarama. 

Twelve charges were put to Chaudhry and he said he understood their meaning. No pleas were offered. 

He was represented by his lawyer son Rajendra Chaudhry.
He was remanded on bail of F$1000 (NZ$703), required to report to police station weekly and surrender his passport.
He will appear again next Friday. 

Chaudhry defeated Sitiveni Rabuka in elections in 1999, and exactly a year later, was overthrown in the George Speight coup. He was held hostage for 56 days as was his son. Both were severely beaten up by Speight supporters.-Stuff.co.nz


Anonymous said...

Mr. Field please retract the last bit where you falsely claim that Chaudhry and son were beaten up. This totally false. Where did you pick this bull**** from??

Anonymous said...

Annoymous, I am no supporter of Field but here is an extract from FLP's own website in 2000 regarding the beating:

Prime Minister Chaudhry suffered broken ribs, after a third degree bashing by members of the terrorist group according to Acting People's Coalition Party Leader Tevita Momoedomu.

Anonymous said...

All a matter of confidence.

How on earth does the regime expect overseas investors to put money into Fiji when an ex PM won't?

Anonymous said...

I was in parliament 2000 and neither Chauday or his son was severely beaten up...I wish..That story is totally false.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 1.49a.m. obviously one of the terrorists from 2000 and now simply an anonymous, forever squashed.

Anonymous said...

Chodori should be crowned the world's greatest liar - lies to make him look good and lies to make others look bad. Thank God the Truth always wins in the end.

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