|FALSE HERO: Not a piece of pure white cloth after all.|
|CHARGED: In court recently.|
But before we do that, let's look at the principal artists of corrupt and shady deals in coup-ravaged Fiji, and their role in suppressing dodgy deals after the December 5, 2006 military coup.
It is now well-established that the money was raised in the name of the poor and the oppressed Indo-Fijians, some of who were subjected to violence by the thugs of coup front man, George Speight.
Ten years later they are being subjected to oppression of a different, if not worse type - being deprived of dignity and justice as well as fair financial return in the case of cane farmers while their one-time hero, Chaudhry, is living a life of luxury with the $AUD$2 million or FJD$3.6 million stashed away in Australian bank accounts.
Frank Bainimarama's regime cleared Chaudhry of any crime in March 2008 after Chaudhry's loot was revealed by The Fiji Times and Fiji Sun more than two and a half years ago.
Chaudhry was Bainimarama's favourite side-kick then - by virtue of his position as the regime's Finance & Sugar Minister. At that time, the staunchest ally of Chaudhry was Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum (pictured above) who told the world his friend was as clean as a piece of pure white cloth.
Two and a half years later with Chaudhry out of the regime (having being booted out in August 2008), Sayed Khaiyum is now in Chaudhry's bad books after he told the world in July that following new information, Chaudhry was charged with 12 counts of crime, including money laundering on the account of his millions from Haryana in Australia.
So in July Chaudhry was no longer as clean as white cloth. In truth, both Chaudhry and Sayed Khaiyum stink of financial and moral corruption. Like Chaudhry, Bainimarama's blue-eyed boy is stashing his pockets and bank accounts. A good example is his salary of more than $300,000 per annum, paid to him by Fiji's struggling taxpayers and processed through the accounting firm of his maternal aunt Nur Bano Ali.
The saying of "No honour amongst thieves" perfectly fits the bill for Chaudhry and Sayed Khaiyum.
While Chaudhry will soon face trial (he's due to appear in court again in January), Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum is resting comfortably in Bainimarama's lap protected by the thugs and guns of the military dictator.
But he, too, like Chaudhry, should remember that "You reap what you sow". And like Chaudhry, Khaiyum's short term gain will be long term pain for him in future.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow morning, more Chaudhry Family rip-offs.