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Thursday, August 2, 2012

FICAC out for blood

Qarase and Draunidalo

The question has been asked: would the regime really send an old man to jail? 

Judging from the push yesterday by prosecutors for jail time, the regime has no qualms about sending the country's last democratically elected prime minister, 71 year old Laisenia Qarase, to prison.

At the mitigation hearing in the Suva Hgh Court, the FICAC lawyer, Elizabeth Yang, continued to insist the 'offences were planned' and that Qarase had showed no remorse for the 'crimes.'

Yang with Michael Blanchflower
She said this was 'evident when an application for stay on proceedings was made when the trial had started.'

Yang (Coupfourpointfive has a followup story coming on Yang) told Justice Priyantha Fernando, FICAC would consider concurrent sentences for the six abuse of office charges but would not compromise on the other three that Qarase was convicted on.


Qarase's lawyer, Tupou Draunidalo, was forced to make a compassionate plea for the veteran politician saying he is a first offender and the offences are out of character.


She presented two medical certificates and listed Qarase's illnesses: diabetes, coronary artery disease, an abnormal liver, hypertension and chronic arthritis telling the court he needs constant monitoring.
Draunidalo also revealed to the court that Qarase's wife is in poor health and had suffered a stroke and that most of the couples' children were living overseas.

She noted that Qarase is not receiving the Prime Minister’s pension.
The young lawyer, who was brought in late to represent Qarase, also reiterated to the court that Qarase had applied for the shares in the normal manner and there had been no favour as FICAC had suggested.

She said the conviction would obviously stop the SDL leader from contesting the 2014 elections but pleaded for the court not to make an example of him.
Draunidalo said a non-custodial sentence must be considered and that any sentence be fully suspended and community work be an option.

Qarase's character witnesses were Joni Madraiwiwi, the former vice president, Mick Beddoes, of the United Peoples Party and Josateki Koroi, a former president of the Methodist Church. 
Ro Teimumu Kepa was unable attend and sent a letter of support.

Qarase's sentence is expected tomorrow morning at 11.45am.

Lawyer Tupou Draunidalo's submission
http://www.mediafire.com/view/?1sodlxgfkunr8ko 

70 comments:

Viti Panther said...

oh the irony that FICAC lawyer's are pushing for jail for LQ - esp when Khayium is advocating for immunity. Oh hypocrisy you have surely found a home in Viti. Not LQ's biggest fan but Khayium and Bainiceke's antics make LQ look almost saint like

Anonymous said...

FICAC's argument is absurd. Asking for a stay of proceedings doesn't indicate the defendant feels no remorse for his crimes. It just indicates that his attorney is unwilling to concede that the state has sufficient grounds for a case.

Even after Qarase's conviction, I still don't see it either. The state had no adequate grounds for laying charges against the man, much less for convicting him.

Anonymous said...

Really?..so now what C4.5 is saying that a person should be sent to jail according to his age?They have been people who have been sent to jail upon conviction who were of the same age as qarase or older.
so what's the problem?

Anonymous said...

Yes application for the shares were applied in the normal manner according to procedures but who are the trustees for the shares. If it was for his personal gain, where is the proof that he used these shares for his personal gain. This is a social obligation to your people and in order to lift the standard of living for the rural communities. Was there any complaints from the Cicia and Mavana Investment on misuse of fund by LQ? I dont know what Yang of FICAC is saying.

kite flyer said...

I know what would be out of character - for the powerholders and their henchmen to do the right thing.They don't have an awe inspiring record for doing that since the "clean up" started 6 years ago.

Anonymous said...

Mahendra Motibhai Patel was 71 when sentenced, and he also had diabetes and other medical conditions. There can not be 2 sets of laws. One law applies to all regardless. Comparing the 2 cases, LQ's is much more serious than Patel's. Expect a maximum custodial sentence.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:15 and 2:14, just how dense can you be?

Sure, older people have been forced to serve time, but for serious crimes.

Mac Patel's trial was politically and materially motivated. His sentencing was a miscarriage of justice. He never should have been gaoled.

The fact that this bloody minded regime persecuted Patel to the nth degree in no way justifies it doing the same to Qarase.

The Heckler said...

Khaiyum should now publically appeal for Qarase being given a suspended sentence, even while he privately pushes for a severe sentence. When the court hands down the stiffer sentence, Khaiyum can cite this as an example of the 'independence' of Fiji's judiciary. Wouldn't that be a cruel joke?

Anonymous said...

FIRST LQ STOLE FROM FDB AND FOLLOWING THAT FIJIAN HOLDING.

THE $220 MILLION STILL HAS NOT BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR FULLY.

SITIVENI WELEILAKEBA SHOULD ALSO BE CONVICTED AND SO TOO THE MANY OTHERS WHO CARED LESS FOR THE COUNTRY AND USED THE 87 AND 2000 COUP FOR THEIR BENEFIT.

RABUKA SHOULD BE HUNG.
GEORGE SPEIGHT SHOT.
CHIEFS WHO SUPPORTED THE COUPS 87 AND 2000...WHERE ARE YOU NOW. I DONT SEE ANY CHIEFS JUST INDIANS. METHODIST THAT SUPPORTED THE 87 AND 2000 COUP WHERE ARE YOU NOW. THE ONLY THING YOUR LOOKING FORWARD TO IS THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE WHEN YOU CAN FILL YOUR COFFERS WITH HARD EARNED MONEY AND BS THE PEOPLE WITH YOUR HELL STORIES. WE KNOW WHERE YOUR GOING AND KNOWING EVERY VERSE IN THE BIBLE WONT HELP YOU.

FRANK - YOUR TIME WILL COME. QARAUNA BOY.

LIKE WHATS HAPPENED TO LQ......
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND..

KHAIYUM - HIS TOO SMART AND WILL EVADE ALL YOU IDIOTS TRYING TO NAIL HIM JUST LIKE CHAUDARY HAS AND WILL DO WITH HIS CASE.

HAVING SAID THAT...HIS TIME WILL COME AS WELL.

Anonymous said...

lq can face the trial and court.
why cant bai/ask face the trial for treason.
why they asking for immunity.
lamu to go to jail.

Anonymous said...

Surely PM Qarase can't do more time then Kean did for manslaughter.

Anonymous said...

So now i get it , the idea of Bainimarama appointing Qarase as PM and then removing him in a coup was all a ruse while investigating his purported crimes 19 years ago. Ah the Melanesian way... how do they manage to stab you in the front and back at the same time. Presumbaly when the old parties win the next election they will pardon them anyway, just like the military regime gives itself immunity for it's crimes?

Anonymous said...

Really ? no 4.5 is saying there should be some consistency... anyone remember the yellow Ribbon campaign designed for regime cronies like Kean the Killer.

ghekko said...

when all else is said and done, what will we achieve:
1. a nation torn by greed, power hungry, selfish, proud and arrogant leaders,
2. a nation on the verge of civil strife cum war,
3. a nation with a broken spirit,
4. a nation whose next generation will not know how the future was built on the past,
5. a vengeful and spiteful nation as it tries to wage the lies and evil of this regime.

know this, racial cleansing could be the next best option.

Matai T said...

Id rather live a day fighting, than a 100 days of living like a coward.

I can lay my life for Fiji, our country, and swear to God, I will lay my life fighting against the utter injustice committed in broad daylight by Khaiyum and Bainimarama, if had a chance.


Matai T

Anonymous said...

Ghekko, I was right there with you till near the end. 'Racial cleansing'? Are you for real? What the hell kind of irresponsible remark is that?

Sheik Sabir said...

'There is no greater tyranny than that perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.'
- Montesquieu

Anonymous said...

Age no barrier ,Qarase was ready to run for the next election 2014 well then he did not consider his age and did not mention his resposbility of looking after his sick stroked wife-guess it was all for the big pay day ,not in dollars but in prison time where at least he will get some free bees to compensate his PM pension

Clean Out said...

Don't forget one and all that LQ is a nationalist at heart. He was promoting Fiji for the Taukeis only and not Fiji for All prior to 2006. He is not fit to lead Fiji into the future.Once he's sentenced then other cases should be pursued. What about Ah Koy and his access to FNPF funding for all the buildings he owns in Suva?

Anonymous said...

Can Anonymous 1:15 and 2:14 read the final submission of the LQ defence here http://www.mediafire.com/view/?110t5q9xad96d0k and judge it.
this is a miscarriage of justice and I think we have a lot of crooked minded people like the the people leading this regime and the above two Anonymous 1:15 and 2:14

Anonymous said...

shame shame shame on ficac and regime thugs.
PM qarase is a true leader .
god bless you MR Legal PM.

Anonymous said...

@ Matai T
That is exactly what Frank did. He laid down his life to save his beloved country Fiji from crooks like LQ and MC.

Anonymous said...

Kean was convicted of manslaughter, and was jailed. But he was released and now holding a senior post in this illegal government. No other democratic country would do this. Nepotism or downright corruption?

The pig shit Vuaka committed treason, yet he's running around freely under the protection of his bociguards. Treason is punishable by death. Would the pig shit Vuaka be tried for treason? NO, because the coward is pushing for immunity. Why is that?

What about the beatings that the pig shit ordered? Hmmm there was also a case of a pregnant woman being beaten up by his cowards. What about the deaths of the soldiers that this pig shit ordered?

Now they've picked on LQ simply to prevent him from running in the elections. What about Mere Samasoni? An old lady that they went after. What a shame pig shit.

Let me say this to all the pro-Vuaka in here....He may be laughing now but he will be brought down along with the thieves and corrupt officials that he personally appointed. Aiyarsehole and all, they will face justice one day. People power will see him jailed, or even killed. Mark my words as the writings are on the wall.

ghekko said...

anonymous,

know this my friend, history is a doorway to the future.

the leaders of this regime including the military, police and judiciary shall be cleansed...so, know what side you belong.

Anonymous said...

Isa! a nation torn & sharttered....the cycle will continue....

kite flyer said...

Someone pointed out the central issue here is whether the justice system is consistent under the regime? The answer is a clear cut no. The first blogger's point about seeking immunity for coup perpetrators on the one hand and seeking a jail sentence for Qarase on the other is one illustration of regime's justice system inconsistency. The Kean case is another . The Qarase case is NOT about giving justice to the people of Fiji for the wrong Qarase purportedly did them. It is about denigrading and persecuting a political adversary. Malaysia did that remember to Mahathir 's opponent?

Anonymous said...

Laisenia Qarase is a real man, facing up to his punishment.
Some cowards dont have the balls for that. thats why they hold guns, they bash women, they gang up and murder unarmed citizens.
Real men have balls.

Anonymous said...

at Matai T

CARUBI SARA MATAI...YOU FROM THE BATI KAJI TRIBE. ESA SIVIA NA VOSA...CAKAVA SARA DUA NA KA MOKO ROGO...YOU WILL BE REMEMBER IN HISTORY AS THE MAN WHO PUT DOWN THE DICTATOR OF THE PACIFIC. CAN YOU DO IT OR ALL TALK...HAHAHA
FRANK

mark manning said...

Frank Bainimarama was so incensed that Mr.Qarase had won the Election in May 2006 and that Andrew Hughes was pursuing a possible criminal conviction against him for his alleged involvement in and or party to, the torture and murder of 5 CRW Soldiers in 2000, that High Treason against the State of Fiji, became his one and only goal.
That goal, having been reached, has delayed if not stopped him, going to Naboro.
No one is safe in Fiji while this imbecile remains Military Commander.

Aiyaz is another kettle of fish. Once Frank Bainimarama has been removed, Aiyaz will be the 1st. to leave Fiji.
The moral of the story is I guess, don't oppose Frank because he is, like a School Yard Bully, relentless to the end and nothing will get in his way, until he is satisfied that he has the upper hand.

Anonymous said...

good job he needs to go to jail. to busy helping himself to riches while native fijians and indians suffer in poverty and then trying to promote hitler like policies of race supermacy. all fijians need to think about " work sets you free" and there is no free lunch or in local terms kerekere and the unfortunate culture of steal as much as you can when ever possible including corruption

this govt is doing well and all fijians need to wake up, smell the roses and change their attitude and way of life

Anonymous said...

Yes..the 'Dictator of the Pacific' will be put down ...but permanently!! Lets keep this in perspective Matai...ok??


`PROPHECY BY STEVE PENNY AT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE

Monday,3 November,1997

"This nation shall experience a cloud of the glory of God, the anointing coming down upon this nation like a thick cloud filled with rain, filled with great potential and it will come down and it will blanket all of the islands like a cloud and it won't come and just wash across and go, but it will settle and it will continue to fall...the rain of God'spresence will fall on this nation in a powerful way.

And the reviving of the Spirit...literally within five years, this nation will be awash with a great Revival. One side to another, this nation will literally be under the blanket of a move of the Spirit of God like you've never seen before. Just about every denomination will be touched...only those that are very, very resistant will hold out against it, but whole denominations will be swept into this move of the Spirit.

There'll be unprecedented unity amongst the church together in Fiji. There will literally be a wonder to people of other nations. You will have many people visit your islands, not because of the beauty, not to be a tourist, but because of the presence of God resting on the islands.

It won't be one little spot here or there, but it will be like a blanket that sits over the nation and the Spirit of God will move back and forwards. Sometimes, it'll be so intense in another island and another city and then it'll move and come and sweep here and then it's like it'll move around and the Spirit of God will literally be like waves across the island back and forth around the island, but together you'll be under the blanket of God's favour and blessing.

But a number of things will happen during that time.

One will be that a man of sedition, a man of scheming will rise up in your political arena and he will come quickly into prominence. Before you know it, he'll have a position of influence in the nation, but he'll be a man of sedition and he will bring conflicts.

There will be a time when you have civil unrest on your streets and there won't be a massive across the nation, but there will be civil unrest in areas of this nation and there will be even some bloodshed. This man will rise very quickly, but because of the anointing of the Spirit blanketing the island and the church being in revival, the church will rise up and call and sound an alarm.

When they see this happen, this man who begins to cause unrest in the streets, the church will literally flock together in huge prayer concerts, great prayer gatherings and will break the power of that thing.

Where in the natural, the papers will be predicting doom and gloom, they will break the power of that thing and bring it to nought and the revival will continue on. In fact, because of that, many people will turn to the Lord in that hour, will come to the

Anonymous said...

Biggest crook in fiji is ASK/FB/Ministers.
Why cant they tell the public how much salary been paid to them.
How did frank got 200k in back pay liar.

Anonymous said...

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND FRANK/REGIME THUGS YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE IN GOD KINGDOM AND IN ELECTION.
WE WILL VOTE FOR SDL/FLP.
THAN WHAT ANOTHER COUP YOUR PUPPET MOSESE WILL DO IT.
SHAME ON FIJIANS ARMY RUN BY MULLAH.
WHERE IS THE GCC AND CHURCH NOW.
THEY SHOULD BIND AND SUPPORT QARASE NOW.
DONT REGRET LATER.

Anonymous said...

LQ has done the crime and so what he is old..?
He has to experience what jails are.
No mercy- he needs max sentencing.

Viti Panther said...

Not Qarase's biggest fan but the fact that his most vocal(not including Frank's incoherent ramblings) opposition during his most controversial time in office are his character witnesses says a lot for his relationship with different communities- yes he was too heavily influenced by his nationalist support, but obviously with Mr Beddoes and Rt Joni's statements on his(Qarase) character he has-to use a very vulgar word - balls and integrity.
If the tables were turned and we had vocal Frank critics giving a character reference for Frank one must wonder what they'll say!

Anonymous said...

Whilst we [except the thugs] are all suffering, crying, lamenting, cursing etc etc, I am somewhat comforted in the Lord's promise when He said "LET VENGEANCE BE MINE". I am also often reminded that the road to all good things is long, winding with a lot of obstacles to cross.
Hang in there people, we will, with that promise eventually get there and that, as promised HE will indeed carry out that promise!!

Anonymous said...

Didnt Vinod Patel became rich overnight?
All credit to LQ.

Anonymous said...

Qarase - Conflict of Interest - Guilty.

Bur Bano paying PM & Aias salary --many many ministers salary - outside of normal procedure - Conflict of interest - Guilty

MPC paying back pay to military junta fraudulently - abuse of office - Guilty. Has effecient FICAC charged MPC for this?

Military accepting cash payment purportedly as back pay - guilty of fraud, abuse of office. Has FICAC asked this money to be refunded?

Immunity for military & Aiaz- conflict of interest - guilty of abuse of office; and invalid.

Anonymous said...

Isa, now that we are in our twilight years, my wife and I always reminisce about the GOOD old days. The days when you looked forward to retiring comfortably. The days when you were free to speak your mind. The days when the Governor - General, the Prime Minister, the Government Ministers, the Army Commander, the Police Commissioner and even the Civil Servants were so, so transparent in not tinting their official vehicles. The days when you were so proud and patriotic to see a soldier in uniform in downtown Suva. The days when you looked forward to the 'Changing of the Guards at Government House. The days when you looked forward to make an effort to go and watch the Queens Birthday Parade or the Trooping of the Colour.
Isa, how sad and just where are we heading to??

Anonymous said...

This case is wasting tax payers $$, bottom line VB/ASK wants LQ to get out of their radar so they can win 2014 elections if there is one!!

Time will tell.....LQ hang in there we are with you all the way....

Anonymous said...

Vinaka vakalevu VASU [ Adi Tupou ] for a sterling job well done!
You took on the challenge and you took it on with dignity, respect, commitment, professionally and with compassion. We are all proud of you. Your Ratu must be very, very proud of you . He must also be smiling down on you with pride!!
All the cards were staked against you, yet you did it so well.
may the good Lord reward you heaps and shower His blessings on you.

Viti Panther said...

Dear Anon @ August 2, 2012 7:50 PM
Your comment has quite literally made me begin crying. I'm not a person of vast life experience, and I don't know who you are but you seem to be a wise man! Your comment has made me emotional because it has made me think of my Grandparents who worked, proudly, as civil servants. My great grandfather was a MP - not a high profile one but he worked his ENTIRE life to help bring Fiji to independence and to help advance Fiji. It kills me that all of his generation's hard work is being compromised by power hungry toddlers. I'm 18 years old - and yes, I know that my opinion probably doesn't account for much because of my age- and I've lived through 2.5 coups, that in itself is a disgrace. The little kids you see in class one this year they have no idea what it's like to have a democratic government. No one in Fiji under the age of 25 years has experienced legitimate political stability - and that is our legacy. We are no longer the land of hope and glory, and we cannot guarantee that we will arise to our potential anytime soon. Of all the heartbreaks I've experienced in my relatively short life, it's the rape of my hope that causes me the most anguish. (ok sorry for being emotional)

Anonymous said...

WHATS NEXT?

GARASE GOES TO GAIL ON FRIDAY-MONDAY HIS LAWYER APPEALS TO COURT OF APPEAL WITH BAIL.

GARASE IS RELEASED FROM PRISION AND WINS COURT OF APPEAL-JUSTICE DONE.

ITS A PROCESS-WHICH HAS JUST BEGAN.

GARASE IS A FIGHTER HE WILL DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT JUNTA WANT-TO BREAK THE MAN-SDL LEADER.

SAME FOR CHAUDQRI-GAIL THEN WIN COURT OF APPEAL.

BOTH MAN WILL CONTEST ELECTION-NO COWARDS HERE.

Anonymous said...

I am very much at lost. Now lets see how this works in Fiji I guess.
1) It is OK to commit a crime but there should be no consequences.
2)Go a head and steal from the country, but when it comes to suffer the consequences, cry foul and suggest the age of the criminal should be taken into account for sentencing. Now here, there should be double standard. One for one criminal ( Mahendra Patel) and another one for another criminal (Qarase). Not giving any consideration to or weighing the severity of the crime. In this case Mahendra Patel's fault was that he bought The Fiji Times. On the other hand in Qarase's case, he played the system and was made millions.

People let's get this straight, Qarase knew what he was doing. He should be put in jail and the keys should be thrown away. He as a public figure should have set example. He decided to fill his pocket and did not care who he stole from. Having said that about Qarase, I will add that ChoorDhry is no different. My suggestion is that the court should send Qarase, and ChoorDhry to Naboro and let them both share the cell with George Speight. There they may iron out their differences and come out being better human beings.

Matai T said...

@ Anon/FRANK August 2, 2012 6:22 PM

IO< AU SA TIKOQA. SEEMS LIKE I AM THE ONLY ONE...

Matai T

Anonymous said...

what is to begat of this Qarase going to jail? improve living standards?NO,change public perception? No, bring back lost money? No, what is the point? maybe satisfy some personal vendetta? waste more of the limited taxpayer dollars? you can jail this man but you can not break his soul..you may laugh within yourself now BUT 30 pieces of silver or even your millions wont give you peace,,,judas hung himself because those who were egging him on were hit with the same guilt afterwrds? its not really worth it after all... where is the love? ni dei tiko Lai nanuma na Kalou i Tevita a bula maii liu sebula tiko qo ena bula ka tawa mudu..this too shall pass..

Anonymous said...

@ August 2, 2012 9:11 PM.
What millions are you talking about??
Where abouts during the court case did they say Qarase and his family were making millions from their investments.
I recall it was only a yearly return of about 5-6 grand, so stop with the exaggerating.

ASK said...

Didn't Tappoo give LQ favours in return for all their corrupt crook business acts.

Tappoos are the biggest thiefs and crooks in Fiji business. Kanti, Yogesh and all the Tappoo clan should be sent to prison.

Anonymous said...

Yeah a massive vinaka vakalevu to Ms Tupou for taking on a case which she would lost anyway. She displayed the perfect character we need in our judicial system and a prime example of future leaders. Just a food for thought for the SDL exec, you maybe staring at the one who could lead you at the next election if there is a thing as such.

Anonymous said...

@ 8.10p.m. Tupou simply played out her role as counsel for an accused, I seriously doubt that she took up the case as a favour to LQ. As for her late father smiling down on her, I'm not so sure about her late mother. As I understand it, Adi Kuini Bavadra had tried her best to raise the FHL saga during her term in Parliament but was shut down by the powers that be. Rest as they say, is history!

Anonymous said...

Well isn't this the regime whose leader stomped and kicked a pregnant woman and humiliated other democracy advocates Christmas Eve? Frank acting all clean and pure for last six years but his corruption will never be washed away. Too well documented in the history books now.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:11, Mahendra Patel's crime was buying the Fiji Times? How refreshing to hear a treasonous regime apologist actually say something truthful for once, however inadvertent.

Mere said...

Anonymous 9:11, judging by your remarks, I'd say you really are lost, as you readily admit. And so are a few others writing here. 

Reading the same themes, twisted logic, meanness of spirit, misstatements, brusque style, and disregard for the facts brings me to wonder if some aren't soldiers who are writing under orders or simply aren't getting much of an education at QEB. 

Am I being unfair? How are we to know? And what else are we to think, really, since this regime is so deceitful? It suppresses the truth, tells bald-faced lies, and has even paid government employees to send phony text messages just to ensure that Bainimarama won a Vodafone popularity contest. This is a petty-minded regime that fears and deliberately lies to its own people. 

Ganesh said...

I suggest to Anonymous 9:11 that the first step to ending his confusion is to recognise what he pretends to overlook but is impossible to ignore, which is that the prosecution of Qarase was politically motivated from start to finish. 

Was Qarase really guilty of insider trading or 'stealing from the country'? I don't really know and cannot re-litigate the case, but no one has been able to explain to me precisely what law he violated and how.

What people like him need to get straight is that no one is saying that Qarase should be above the law, but neither should he be beneath it.

Had Qarase been intent on stealing from the country, why didn't he use his position as PM to do so. Why did the charges stem from so many years before?

Was it a fair trial? Clearly not. In fact, FICAC's selective prosecution of Qarase is just the latest sorry example of a miscarriage of justice by an organisation created by and for the regime, in order to use the legal system for the purpose of harrassing political opponents.

The regime's treason, murder, abuse of power, and corrfusion cry out for justice. Why three separate legal standards, one for the regime, another for its opponents, and a third for everyone else?

Anonymous said...

Should the age of the defendant be taken into account at sentencing? Of course, and in every instance. Judges need to consider such factors as whether the defendant is a juvenile, was she above the age of consent, was he old enough to know better, did she have the legal capacity to marry, would a 20 year sentence be effectively a life sentence, might he still be a threat to society, etc. Age can be a mitigating or aggravating factor.

Anonymous said...

MPC is next. His case is more clear cut. Rajend Chaudary will fight papa's case and will divert attention but will go no where. I see MPC joining LQ for the next 18 months to 24 months

Anonymous said...

LQ, isa, I think may go in for 2 years.

The Heckler said...

Mahendra Patel's crime was in buying the Fiji Times.

Laisenia Qarase's crime was in wanting us to be able to read it.

Anonymous said...

TODAY IS FIJIAN SHAME AND LIUMURI DAY WHEN GARASE PM GOES TO GAIL- IN FRAMED AND STAGED CASE/COURT OF JUNTA.

ALL FIJIAN PM HAVE HAD THEIR SHAME AND LIUMURI DAY- REMEMER RATUR SIR KAMISESE MARA, REMEBER DR TIMOCI BAVADRA-REMEBER RABUKA. HOW ABOUT-REMEBER CHAUDRI-56 DAYS HOSTAGE-NO ONE WOULD HOSTAGE THIER DOG FOR 5 DAYS FORGET 56 DAYS.

WAIT FOR THE SHAME AND LIUMURI DAY FOR BAINIARAMA.-TO COME.

SO THE PEOPLE OF FIJI DESERVE TO BE 3RD WORLD NATION-WITH POVERTY AND INSTABLTY AND GO BACKWARDFS NO FORWARD.
THE PEOPLE LUIMURI ALL PM WILL GO GAIL OR KICK ON THE ASS.
THE FIJIAN PEOPLE DESEVE NOTHING MORE THAN WHAT THY GOT.

FIJI SHOULD BE CALLED REPUBLIC OF LIUMURI ISLAND.

Anonymous said...

Anon Aug 02, 9:11PM.

And what should be done to Bainimarama who has committed capital and treasonous crimes more serious and more abhorrent than those which Qarase has just been convicted of?

Bainimarama, because of his fear, will not come to court and face charges.

Anonymous said...

Sad pciture old man and young lawyer doing her best to get him off against all the odds. One for the history books.

Anonymous said...

Finally the day has come for Qarase. He may now have a lot of time to ponder on QoliQoli Bill and other Nationalist agenda. All the Best Lai. Von Voyage.

Anonymous said...

@ 4.21 pm

Do not Forget Viti is still iTaukei land. whats wrong with LQ promoting iTaukei interest. Everyone promotes their own interest. You are Indeed a pathetic racist.

This Land is what it is becos of the goodness of iTaukei; their culture, tradition, religion, faith, humility.In the words of Ms. Gillard to Terrorist elements in Aussie "...this land is deeply rooted in its culture, tradition and religion. No one invited you here...so if you do not like it than Uninvite yourself and leave.

Anonymous said...

Viti Panther, you show empathy, discernment and wisdom beyond your relatively tender years. More power to you. 

It's sad but true. We've broken faith with those who came before us and those yet to come.

'The rape of my hope' is a very apt, poignant, and eloquent assessment of the impact of these treasonous coups on your life. Bitter, burning tears are an appropriate emotional response under the circumstances.

Fiji's Democracy has been raped, and is even now being raped, and yet we act as timid bystanders afraid to get involved. How is it we can live with ourselves?

It's alright that Democracy has a gun to her head, say supporters of the rapists. Fiji had it coming, and she'll be better off for the experience, they tell us, whilst accusing us of violent extremism for wanting to intervene.

It's a bit much to take, really. And yes, it's hard not to reach for a rock. 

Isn't there anything else we can do? 

I say that there is plenty we can do, and isn't it high time we did it!

I've invited everyone else to step forward with a viable plan. Nobody has done so. Accordingly, I will very shortly offer my own simple plan. I call it 'Operation Jericho'. I hope you and all concerned fellow Fijians will consider it and offer improvements to it. 

Viti Panther, you've already helped by providing us a powerful metaphor for the present crisis. I look to you for further contributions. Together, we can restore hope and dignity to Fiji. Together, we can take back the night. 

Together, Operation Jericho.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Jake said...

In this time of uncertainty most people accentuate their emotions without a second thought as to the reason why such events occur, in this case the conviction of Qarase, and this may be due in part of their unconscious mind not in- sync with their ability to be perceptible.

Supposititiously if Qarase were charged under a democratic government would it have made an iota of difference or are most of you accentuating your blind loyalty to Qarase?

Now for me there are several aspects to this case that is odoriferous and indeed questionable for insistence Qarase may have been ill represented but what’s more reprehensible is the duration of time in which the alleged crime was supposedly committed.

From memory most western countries have a time bar on both Civil and Criminal Codes with the exception of murder, now a time bar is commonly known by other names such as “periods of prescription” or Statute of limitations.

Unfortunately for Qarase the time bar as prescribed under Cap 35 of the Laws of Fiji under the heading Fraud and Mistake Part C Section 15 is one that when such fraud or mistake are discovered the time bar begin to run, now, the crime could have occurred fifty years ago and if the perpetrator is alleged to committed such crime and is still alive and well he will be investigated and charged accordingly regardless.

This is a case where this particular Law is an ass.

Anonymous said...

Dakuwaqa, this Operation Jericho. I haven't even heard it, but I like it already. Now polishing my horn.

mark manning said...

Blanchflower (a very English name isn't it) and Yang have accepted a posting from an illegal Judiciary and it's they who should be brought before the Courts.

Anonymous said...

PROPHECY BY STEVE PENNY AT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE

Is this a joke?? Stop with the prophecies already...sa da mai lasutaki...

Anonymous said...

Manning Hughes didn't have the courage to arrest Bainimarama in Fiji and wanted it done in NZ? What else can you do when the police Com hasn't the guts to make the hard yardage? But those that supported Rabuka back in 1987 still have lot to answer for the state we are now in! They must be rooing those days now but alas the 'horse has bolted and all left is anger! Have we learn our lessons yet?

Anonymous said...

Vinaka Viti Panther. I am just a retired grandfather who also did his time serving this country. Be rest assured that your opinion counts HEAPS. Why you may ask. For the very simple reason that you and ALL right thinking people like you will one day lead this country to better and greener pastures. I have great satisfaction and am at peace that people like your good self are VERY, VERY concerned and have that foresight. Thank you so much for your maturity, your concern and beig responsible. I was one of those fortunate ones who had experienced the transition from being a Colony to to Fiji becoming a Dominion in 1970, whilst working in a Government Statutory body.
My late father served in the then Colonial Service [ as a civil servant], my late grandfather did likewise and my grand uncle also served "King and Country" in the 1st World War.
As a grandfather, I too share your sentiments and concerns for my children and grandchildren.
In actual fact I have, am still encouraging my children to relocate overseas. There is just no future here for them and our grandchildren.
You stay focused, you stay strong and keep airing your learned and genuine concerns.
May the Almighty guide and shower His blessings on you and your family.