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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

No let up fom the regime

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Spying on fellow citizens.
In a week where Australia and New Zealand have chosen to 'reward' the regime for what they say is 'progress', Fiji citizens continue to experience the realities of life under a military dictatorship.

The leader of the country's biggest political party was yesterday convicted on corruption related allegations, despite it being widely known that Fiji no longer has a rule of law and that the judiciary is widely compromised.

Qarase after the verdict
But even as Laisenia Qarase, Fiji's last elected prime minister, was deemed guilty by Suva High Court assessors and the presiding judge, Justice Priyantha Fernando, citizens continued to be under the eye of Fiji police.

Several plain clothes policemen were posted at the top of the Goverment building, taking photographs of everyone who was in the vicinity, from supporters to media.

All unnecessary but seemingly acceptable to Australia and New Zealand, whose foreign ministers said a few days ago they would allow the return of high commissioners and the relaxing of some sanctions 'as a token of the progress made'.


Qarase is back at the High Cout in Suva today for the mitigation hearing and his lawyer was to present several character witnesses.

But as we've already noted, that process leading into the sentencing is a charade, given the judiciary is under the thumb of the regime.

And not unexpectedly, information sent to Coupfourpointfive from insiders show prison officers were told at a July 13 meeting to prepare for the conviction of Qarase.

The command group for the Fiji Corrections Services met that Friday and senior officers were briefed by the Commissioner of the FCS to prepare for Qarase - this as the trial was still underway.

The prison service was also told to prepare for the conviction of the Lakeba villagers who were implicated in the so-called inciting to protest against the visit of the unelected leader, Frank Bainimarama, last year.

And in anticipation of what was described as a conflict of interest, the prison was told to put the supervisor of the Suva Correction Centre, Superintendent Salote Panapaswa, on leave because she comes from Lakeba.

She was replaced by a male supervisor from another province, ASP Joe Kulinidilo.

Editor's Note at 5.30pm: Sentencing is expected on Friday at 11.45am

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  1. 3 character witnesses, an affidavit presented
    Publish date/time: 01/08/2012 [12:08]

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    3 character witnesses and an affidavit have been presented in the High Court so far by Laisenia Qarase's lawyer before Justice Priyantha Fernando sentences Qarase.

    First up was former Vice President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi who said that Qarase was always polite, respectful and professional when he met the President and him fortnightly to relay to them about cabinet decisions and matters of national interest.

    Ratu Joni said Qarase remained polite and professional even when they had differing views on the Reconciliation and Qoliqoli Bills.

    He said during that period there was a lot of hostile exchanges between the government and the military and it made it more difficult for the then government as the then President was sympathetic towards the military's concerns.

    Ratu Joni said Qarase allowed discussions on the two bills which were often hostile and the bills died a natural death.

    He also said that Qarase was the Prime Minister of Fiji for six years and has been a public figure from independence in 1970 as he became the Secretary of Public Service.

    Ratu Joni said the conviction is a matter of great humiliation to Qarase.

    The next character witness was former President of the Methodist Church, Reverend Josataki Koroi who said Qarase is an honest and humble man who loves his children and grandchildren.

    He said Qarase is a Christian and in all his character displays his Christian faith.

    He said Qarase spent his life serving others starting from the people in his village.

    Koroi knows Qarase from birth as they come from the same village.

    Former Opposition Leader, Mick Beddoes was the next character witness.

    He said Qarase was a man of integrity and honesty and though he frequently opposed policies brought up by Qarase's government he never heard or was told anything that would say that he was not a man of honesty and integrity.

    Beddoes said in court that Qarase served all communities and did not favour one community.

    He said Qarase would never do anything for self enrichment.

    He then told the court that Qarase is a peaceful man and Fiji needs him going forward.

    He said Qarase will play a crucial role in this and he revealed that even this morning before Qarase came to court, he attended a meeting with the Constitutional Commissioners.

    Beddoes then said that he still sees Qarase as the leading Prime Minister.

    An affidavit was also presented by Ro Teimumu Kepa as she could not come to court because she has gone to Australia.

    The sentencing and mitigation submission continues.

    Stay with us for updates.


    Story by: Vijay Narayan

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  2. This is so so sad... Tears flow from my eyes as I just can't believe this...

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  3. what a shame on this two police officers, i know you too are merely doing your job,but remember you a doing something evil to the citizen of fiji

    no need to sing the fiji national anthem, the land of freedom, open and glory.

    replace it with the song, the land of khaiyum, voceqe

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  4. E SA DODONU ME DA LIACI KEDA NA KAWA I TAUKEI. EDA NA SARASARA TU GA VAKA OQO KA RA VESU O IRA NODA I LIULIU, ERA VAKATOTOGANI IRA NODA TALATALA, KA RA TALARAKI O IRA NODA TURAGA. KA KECE QO E CAKA ME BALETA WALEGA NA SAFETY NEI VOREQE KEI NONA BOSO O AIYARSE.

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  5. wananavu dina
    tobo tale o van damme
    what a shame !!
    kemudrau na ovisa qori , drau taura ga na i taba qori, drau sosomaka ena muamiri nei naivalurua ka tabaka na sona kanikani nei SSP rusiate tudravu

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  6. the dictator's show goes on in fiji.but some people think its about democracy...

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  7. The palpable stench of fear emanating from the illegal and treasonous regime is note-worthy.

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  8. If we are to count how many times a PM has been called a coward, Bainimarama tops them all; about 100 times a day in this forum alone. Ouch!

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  9. GARASE WAS THE MAN WHO WOULD WIN NEXT ELECTION.

    SO THE PLOT BY JUNTA IS TO GAIL HIM SO HE CANT CONTEST ELECTION.

    THE SAME FOR CHAUDHARI.

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  10. a sad day in fiji histroy.

    just watch the determination garase and sdl go for now.

    the legal process is not over-only in kangaroo high court.

    garase will appeal to court of appeal/supremem court to get aquitted.

    so why cant he contest the election.

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  11. How can a country with no judiciary tried an elected PM? You pig shit Bainiceke, you will get justice arsehole.

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  12. io na qai cereki ga na dina...me dua ga e cereka nai sulu vataga nei Aiyaz sosomaka i loma dua na dakai da qai kuria yani dua na kena i vacu me kaboso nona soresore. laurai ga i ke ni sa sevaki kece ga na kai Lau..era tamata dau cakacaka dina ga na Kai Yanuyanu, ..levu ga na veisisivotaki ve na matanitu qo..e rai tiko o koya mai cake..koya na qai lewa na veika kece.Vinaka Qarase na veiliutaki maqosa kei nomuni dau rokova na vanua, lotu kei na matanitu. Me nomuni tiko kei ratou na nomuni matavuvale na kalougata e na veisiga ni mataka. Vinaka ..

    Mr Bainimarama

    Ni bau vakasamataki keda tu na kawa i taukei se sega? sa sega na loloma vei kemuni. keimami bau raici kemuni tu ni o kemuni dua na luvei VT moni vueta cake na noda vanua lomani, ia sa qai kena veibasai sara. Ni bau loloma ni raica na nodra tagi na lewe ni vanua raraba. E ra oca na veivakalolomataki sa caka tiko. Levu sa ra gole ra lai vaqaqara bula io na yalo se tu ga mai VT baleta NI RA KAI VITI BOTOBOTO , NA DRA E TAGICA TIKO NA NODRA VANUA LOMANI. NI VAKASAMATAKA VAKAVINAKA NA VEIKA SA MAI YACO OQO KEI NA VEIKA LELEVU E SE BERA NI YACO KEO NI SEGA NI VEISAU.

    VINAKA VAKALEVU

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  13. PM LQ is a hero of fiji.
    baini and khaiyum is zero.
    what Auss/NZ have to say now.
    If NZ would have arrested baini in 2006 in NZ and supported the legal elected govt ,
    Fiji would still have democracy and freedom that we enjoyed under the rule of law.
    We are now under dictatorship and suffering.

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  14. The judge is controlled by ASK and Baini.
    What a joke .
    Frank and team commit treason
    who will take them to court .
    where is ficac and Police .
    Where is fairness and justice .
    The fight will carry on we want democracy and regime thugs return to the barrack and face the court for treason.
    PM LQ and MPC are elected leaders and they will have our respect forever .
    god bless .
    Rajesh

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  15. NA I VOLA TABU E KAYA NI DA NA DUI SAUMI GA ENA NODA DUI VALAVALA SE VINAKA SE CA.

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  16. Be strong Mr. PM. You are not the first on that road and you are not going to be the last. Trials and tribulations are the pathways of the champions and great people like you and they will only serve to reveal the golden character in them. Reminds me of Mandela and the great apostle Paul. Stay strong and head high Mr. Prime Minister.

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  17. The unfortunate part in this whole "plot" by the IG is that it was able to use a "sucker", corrupt, lying, coward Sitiveni Weilelakeba! SW has made millions with his fanciful transactions in FHL and knew very well that if he did not backstab his "father" like mentor in Qarase he was going to be nailed.

    An indigenous Fijian doing this to his own! Qarase is responsible for SW's success. How can SW face the people who treated him like family and desert the very person who guided and made him what he is today!

    Ratu J Kubuabola who provided reference for his current assignment said in a function recently that SW is worse than a snake; never to be trusted!
    SW was getting married on the day his natural father was getting buried! He was cracking champagne when his father was being lowered in the grave.

    SW is a sick man and now he is resorting to Biblical verses to justify his actions!!

    We are praying hard and fasting that SW will pay for his sins in a big way! Interesting to see his partner who he married four times because she continuously was a runaway bride Laisa Digitaki make bold comments that
    they hired a QC for $180,000.00 to make a submission for a "no case to answer"! Never
    knew Ceaser Lateef was a QC!!! Lying B!

    SW you and I went to the same school, we worked in NLDC together, I am ashamed to have ever associated with you!

    Rot in hell SW; you are already paying a price with your current disability, you will slowly but surely rot to death!

    PM Qarase if you reading this; do not be deterred mata! We are not in Fiji but our heart is there with you and your family! We will pray for you and fast for a good outcome on Friday!

    Malo
    From Down Under



    SW every man has his moments, enjoy the wine in PNG while Qarase struggles to find ways of adjusting this unjust sentence! Our eyes are on you!

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  18. can the sporting bodies such as fru and fiji Fa look for another national anthem to replace the current one ..Iam really ashamed that the Fiji sevens team always sing this national anthem

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  19. Those with hands in cooky jar of power and money can never let go.

    One "dictator" being sent to jail by another "dictator'. You would think SDL would have more depth in its leadership and would have another leader to take over, but looks like it is bankrupt just like FLP and its "dictator" Chaudhry. Same as "Dictator" Beddoes.

    Political depth in Fiji is empty, empty,empty.

    Despite this, Bainimarama & Khaiyum, by far outstrip all previuos leaders going into an election for criminality.
    No 2, would be Chaudhry.

    What drives a man like Qarase, at his age, to want to continue being a Prime Minister? His home and village in Vanuabalavu is paradise.
    Maybe his wife doesnt like it out there?
    There is no doubt he has a whole gang of hangers on. A pity they can't let an old man retire, they need to continue to suck off him or is this the ultimate proof the man is broke and needs a job.

    He has been given a few pointers by the twin dictators on how to set some asside for a rainy day.

    Is being paid from a private accounting company going to be the new "precedent" for Fiji?
    Next, the whole parliment will want to be paid by Aliz. A little bonus if you "vote" the right way.

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  20. THE SAYING GOES 'IF YOU COMMIT THE CRIME, DO THE TIME'. GEORGE SPEIGHT AND THOSE THAT BACKED HIM ARE IN JAIL ALBEIT THOSE WHO HID. SITIVENI RABUKA hid behind a constitution he created. INDEGINOUS FIJIANS ARE NOW REALISING THEIR SUPPORT OF THE 1987AND 2000 COUP WAS STUPID AND FOOLISH. MAJORITY OF BLOGGERS ON THIS SITE ARE INDEGINOUS FIJIANS. IN 1987 AND 2000, THE SONG WAS DIFFERENT AND THE DANCE WAS DIFFERENT. NOW THE CHOREOGRAPHER HAS A DIFFERENT DANCE STYLE AND PEOPLE DONT LIKE IT. HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE WERE THROWN IN JAIL FOLLOWING 1987 AND 2000. NO POINT HARPING ABOUT LQ. HIS GOING TO JAIL AND THERE IS NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT. WHETHER THE CONVICTION WAS FAIR OR NOT, PEOPLE STILL DONT KNOW THE PERSONS BEHIND THE 1987 COUP AND 2000 COUP AND ALL WE GET ARE FIJIAN STYLE VAKABABA WITH NO EVIDENCE OR TRUTH. STOP CRYING FREEDOM WHEN THERE IS NO REAL FREEDOM FIGHTER IN FIJI. LQ GOT A BOAT RIDE BACK TO HIS KORO AND STAYED THERE AFTER THE 2006 COUP.
    PEOPLE JUST RELAX AND LET IT GO. IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING...LETS SEE IT HAPPEN OTHERWISE JUST PRAY FOR LQ AND HOPE HE IS RELEASED WITHIN SIX MONTHS.

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  21. Ratu Epeli Ganilau claims no Freedom in Fiji former Regime senior minister permalink

















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    Public reaction on Qarase guilty verdict hard to gauge says Ganilau

    Posted at 20:37 on 31 July, 2012 UTC

    Fiji’s ousted prime minister Laisenia Qarase is on bail awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of corruption related charges in a Suva court.

    Yesterday, Justice Priyantha Fernando concurred with assessors’ findings on Monday that the 72 year-old is guilty of all nine charges against him.

    The Suva High Court was packed and about 200 people spilled waited outside the capital’s Government Buildings in anticipation of the ruling.

    The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption brought the charges against Mr Qarase.

    A former interim Minister of Defence and Immigration, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, says it will be hard to gauge the reactions to the guilty verdict as people have no voice in Fiji.

    “The government says the judiciary is independent and the views of the people again is pretty hard to engage whether they would agree with that or not because not much public view is entertained through the media and the newspapers in particular but all we see and hear is the view of the government, if you were to ask the individual Fijian on the street, you may have a different opinions and yet we don’t get to see much of that reported in the papers.”

    Ratu Epeli Ganilau.

    News Content © Radio New Zealand International

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  22. One month and $1,000.00 for each count.

    Bound over, report to police station at Lomaloma, Vanuabalavu once a month.

    Judgement by the PEOPLE'S COURT.1.08.12

    See you at the next elections Mr. Qarase.

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  23. Ok so in other news, why the fark are we loosing the Queens Holiday... That Holiday is a reminder of what the Crown has done for us, brought us into civilization as we know it...

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  24. Stay firm to your faith LQ. God will give you strength. My prayer is with you.

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  25. Latest from Fiji Village


    Qarase to be sentenced at 11:45am Friday

    Publish date/time: 01/08/2012 [17:11]

    Former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase will be sentenced by High Court Judge, Justice Priyantha Fernando at 11.45am Friday after being convicted of 6 counts of abuse of office and 3 counts of discharge of duty with respect to property in which he has a private interest.

    While making the sentencing submissions to the judge today, Qarase's lawyer, Tupou Draunidalo requested for a non-custodial sentence however FICAC counsel, Elizabth Yang said the prosecution wants a custodial sentence due to the magnitude of the offences and the amount of money involved.

    Draunidalo asked for the court's understanding and compassion while sentencing 71 year old Qarase.

    She said Qarase was Interim Prime Minister of Fiji in 2000 and 2001, and was elected Prime Minister in 2001 and 2006.

    She said Qarase is married with five children and 15 grandchildren and most of his children have gone overseas.

    Draunidalo said Qarase is not receiving the Prime Minister's pension and his wife even suffered a stroke.

    She said Qarase also looks after his three grandchildren who have suffered considerable anguish from when Qarase was taken in for questioning at night with TV cameras also in sight.

    Draunidalo said Qarase has personal health issues but he does not want to overstate them.

    Two medical reports were then presented to the presiding judge.

    The reports point out that Qarase is a diabetic, has coronary artery disease, has an abnormal liver, suffers from hypertension and chronic arthritis.

    Draunidalo said in his condition, Qarase needs to be appropriately monitored.

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  26. The judgement against Qarase shows that the judiciary is well, alive and kicking the arses of convicts in Fiji.August 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Qarase was a racist man he tried to push for fijian supremacy on top of his agenda for national governance.

    He was moreso, a prime minister for ethno-nationalist fijians who had put him in the PM’s role in the first place than being a PM for all the people living in Fiji.

    He sympathised with the coup plotters and convicts – Look at the speed at which he had released the coup convicts, it could even break the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Most importantly, Qarase is a corporate fraudstar and who tried to gain from insider trading, for his own benefits, his families benefit and the benefit of certain lauans, at the expense of all the poor fijians, who had no idea about class A shares in FHL.

    Qarase should serve a maximum jail sentence, as his supporters know very well, he is well educated, knows well what is right and wrong.

    The courts in Fiji must send a clear message to potential politicians, members of parliament and in general the fijian community, that it will no longer tolerate corporate fraud by the rich and powerful or anyone else for that matter.

    Qarase Supporters know very well that the master is in for a long time and perhaps want to catch a last glimpse of a convicted former Prime Minister of Fiji.

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  27. Not a good week for you all.

    1) LQ found guilty.

    2) Oz and NZ re-opening relations

    3) Queen's Birthday removed from holidays.

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  28. I beg to ask the question why have a junior Lawyer represent you in court with such a major charge- where the hell was Qoroniasi Bale, or other Senior lawyers?

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  29. What the bastard magaitinamu epeli ganilau is saying when he was bought and sold for a few pesos by the multi-million business of Fiji Waters.August 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    What the bastard magaitinamu epeli ganilau is saying when he was bought and sold for a few pesos by the multi-million business of Fiji Waters.

    Its better the bastard got a kick in his arse otherwise the ordinary fijians would never have got the returns on their resources as negotiated by the government.

    Not forgetting the thousands of dollars his father stole from the National Bank of Fiji in 1988 and thereafter.

    Just ask any former NBF staff who worked during this period either in Tavueni branch or at head office and they will tell you how penaia’s mata-ni-vanua come to the bank with a note on a piece of paper saying the President needs $50,000 cash on many such instances.

    The rest is history.

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  30. Prime Minister Qarase, I'm not an SDL supporter, but I do have Fiji's interests at heart, and I recognise an injustice when it's as glaring as it is in your case. Yes, may God go with you as He did with Mandela, the Apostle Paul, and Joseph the Patriarch. The regime has condemned itself with this action. Public opinion is strongly behind you.

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  31. So why in the world does Qarase persist? If he let it go they would never have come after him.

    There is another issue. Fiji law requires one to retire as director of a company at age 75. I also believe retirement age for a judge is 75 and all other civil servants 55.

    At next elections Qarase would be 73-74. on top of this we are told about his medical condition.

    Qarase is a really stupid man. So weak to be pushed around by other people's greedy needs rather than his own and families needs. So much for him claiming his love of grandchildren when he could have let it all slide and give up any political ambitions. He really is a greedy old power hungry man or senile to be used by low life SDL hangers on.

    Qarase's biggst failing is his poor power of "analysis", this is what made him a failure as PM and now brought down this calamity upon himself and his family.

    It is a good reflection though of the quality of our legal eagles in Fiji. Qarase should have been told forthrightly he didn't have a show and to plead, or in this case, so much easier, just say he was out of politics. This happens everyday in Fiji, with lawyers advising clients they have a chance in court when they have zero chance.
    But that is the game, isn't it.

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  32. What is the crime here?

    1987 there was the Deuba Accord.

    There was a commitment to Fijians in business, given as a mitigating factor for disatisfaction amongst the itaukei and thus a reason and justification for coup culture.

    Now consider that itaukei elite are the coupsters and not commoners, then it stands as logical and true that it is to the itaukei elite that must be placated to ensure no more coups.

    Is this logical? Off course it is. Shares for the takina's etc was just political icing, but wink, wink, it was for the elite. Lets not kid ourselves that is was for anybody else.

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  33. Epeli Ganilau, you promoted Bainimarama and were a prominent coup supporter.

    You were acting prime minister when Bainimarama was out of the country having surgery in China. He was seeking the arrest of one of your brothers-in-law, whilst another was president of Fiji and commander in chief. You could have promulgated a decree, signed by your brother-in-law the president, to depose Bainimarama and then issued a public detention order to every immigration office. It would have been a confusing time, but every soldier, police officer, and citizen of conscience would have rallied to you.

    Instead you did nothing, despite knowing that Bainimarama was prepared to sack you immediately upon his return to Suva.

    You could have made all the difference, but you didn't. Isn't it because you were too much of a coward?

    Only now you want to hint at the true nature of this regime, of which you've been a principal and primary instrument?

    Your duty demanded much more than you've given.

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  34. C'mon Tupou, ordinary Fijians have been imprisoned for stealing a couple of loaves of bread since they were starving, while people like Qarase and his cronies have had it good for the last TWO DECADES at the people's expense...

    This case calls for a custodial sentence no less! Prisoners have access to doctors and medical facilities.

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  35. Poised for JusticeAugust 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Anon at 5.57pm Do you feel better venting your hate against LQ? Your poison is pretty obvious and you're lucky to be able to have your say on this forum when blogs that you should be taking your one viewed to don't print the comments of those of us supporting democracy. Pull your head in.

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  36. @ 5.47p.m

    Credit should go to Tupou for taking on this difficult case at the 11th hour.

    The question you Anonymous should be asking, is where were Qarase's cronies when he needed them? Why couldn't they "MOBILISE" their own to put up the funds for his case? Just like they did when they secretly went about purchasing the FHL shares? When will they also be taken to task for their corrupt acts?

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  37. Anonymous 5:57, you're the one with the poor power of analysis. Did it never occur to you that Qarase 'persists' because he is the people's elected representative? Or that he recognises, as most of us do, the evil of this illegal regime, and the duty to resist treason?

    The judgment does not reflect so much on the quality of Qarase's legal counsel as it does on the partial nature of Fiji's justice system under Aiyaz. The entire proceeding was a miscarriage of justice from beginning to end.

    It is a calamity -- not just for Qarase and his family but for all Fijians and lovers of justice everywhere.

    Speaking of calamities, why not sign your name this time, Graham 'Calamity' Davis? Your style of writing has become so patronising and your analysis so twisted that it's now a dead giveaway.

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  38. I'm not SDL or fijian. This guilty verdict if a sham like one plus one equals two.
    Sitivei W can remember 20 years ago he declared his interest and he remebers as he says Garase didnt.-what a bull under oath?

    All knew Garase interest and its sitiv fault not to record-why the man go gail.
    iumuri to save your arse Siti-behind the scene deal to gail Garase and Siti drop FICAC charges.

    Joe Mar not brought to fiji for prosecution why?

    Prision Dept already preper months back for Garase in.

    If Garase and Chaudhry no go gail and disqualify from next election so who will vote for dictator?

    Chaudhry case the asessors set up then judge will agree and inside he goes.

    Garase worked all his life for fijians in the end a sick and old man go gail from fijian liumuri plot, get nothing in return like liumuri with bavadra, rt mara, rabuka, chaudi

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  39. The dumbass who came out firing blanks at LQ, you're full of shit.

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  40. I served in the army and made Staff Sergeant. Before I retired, I served under FIVE different Commanders : Brigadier Ian Thorpe, Nailatikau, Maj General Sitiveni Rabuka, Ganilau and then the Vore , in that order.
    Brigadier Thorpe and Maj Gen Rabuka were born to lead. Although they were disciplinarians, they never lost that personal and human touch, they never compromised their positions, they never made use of us for personal gains.
    They were a "cut above the rest" of the other three nitwits. They had class, they had the depth and they had a true sense of humour. They would fit in anywhere and make you feel at home.
    As for Nailatikau, Ganilau and the Vore, well, I must be honest and say that they were ALL just the opposite. A childish sense of humour, no depth, no class, drunkards, uneasy in the presence of not only their officers, but also other public figures and dignitaries.
    They think and act the same!! Why do you think that they banded together after Dec 2006?

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  41. Anonymous 5:49 PM, you're missing what really hapoened.

    What the regime negotiated was the extortion of FIJI Water and the entry as competitor of a private consortium led by Aiyaz's uncle to draw the same water and to sell it to the Chinese. Naturally, FIJI Water is drawing down its Fiji operation. Tax revenue from FIJI Water is now dropping, and the company's charitable arm is no longer as active as before. It's been revealed that Aiyaz's intent is to convert FW improperly into a government corporation, the same thing for which Qarase was just convicted.

    Bainimarama didn't sack Ganilau because Ganilau was in somebody's pocket. He sacked Ganilau because he feared, mistakenly but with reason, that he'd joined Tevita Mara, FW, and the U.S. Embassy to overthrow him.

    As acting PM, Ganilau met with the U.S. ambassador to discuss the crisis whilst Bainimarama was abroad. This frightened Bainimarama, who feared that the Maras might be poised to move against him.

    After sacking Ganilau, Bainimarama foolishly campaigned in the Fiji Sun in preparation to expel the U.S. ambassador. Instead he got his ass kicked behind the scenes and was forced to let the matter drop. The Americans chose to drop it, too. They could have humiliated Bainimarama -- and still can, by the way -- but by choosing not to showed they were not conspiring agaist him.

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  42. History has it that Nailatikau, Ganilau and the Vore were all accepted into the army because their fathers were Ratus !! They did not go in under their own 'steam' and merit like all the rest of the officers at the time. With their 'pea' brains who in their right frame of mind would employ them outside of the army?
    Rabuka must be cursing himself to death!!
    You see, it was Rabuka who appointed Ganilau as his successor as Commander of the army. The appointment was made over the heads of professional, seasoned and respected senior officers like Jerry Waqanisau, Savenaca Darunidalo, and Ilaisa Kaci to name a few. Waqanisau rose to the rank of Major General on his appointment as THE FORCE COMMANDER for UNIFIL in Lebanon. Darunidalo not only became a decorated hero with the award of the Military Cross for heroism in Lebanon, he had also held senior command appointments and Kacisolomone on numerous times was the Commanding Officer in both Lebanon and Sinai.
    Ganilau in turn appointed the Vore, again, over the heads of the three officers and gentlemen to be his Chief of Staff.
    The three of them Knew that it was better for them to exist the army that they "knew"!
    So, you now see that things would have BEEN better had Rabuka made the right choice!!
    The rest like they say is 'HISTORY'!!

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  43. I wonder what would have been the people's view if instead of LQ it was another timoci, jeke or tui. I don't support any group but the rule of law is very important, whether its LQ, FB, ASK or MPC.

    In fact, its only when people in power are convicted, than a strong message is delivered. The poor feel that there is one rule for all.

    Finally, the fact that LQ was the PM or MPC was the PM, it does not mean that they can't be taken to task.

    Or yes, it also does not matter if its 20 years since the crime was committed that they can't be taken to task. Would we forgive a rapist or a killer.

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  44. Where was Mark Halaby when Qarase needed funds for a QC.?

    Where are all the other finaciers of the 2000 coup that put Qarase in power and who put policies in place that they benefitted from?

    Where are all the thousands of supporters who could have donated a dollar each to get Qarase the best represenatation money can buy?

    A little analytical ability would have saved Qarase from the noose, but then again, if he wanted to be so much a martyr, he has succeeded.

    Lest see how well SDL will turn his sacrifice into a political landslide win.
    Lets say, the jury will stay out, till then.

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  45. com on people. as much as u like LQ, he is as stuboorn as a 'mule'. he is the reason for the coup with his qoliqoli bill etc. he had been warned but he refused to listen. hence the coup. now.. the court case is all about his attainment of shares for him and his family. i recall when he was fbd boss when it all happened.he used his position at the to further his gain and in my books he is guilty and he must go to prison like every other person that had been found guilty. why should he not suffer the same consequence as everyone else found guilty.he caused the hardship we are experiencing. only had he listened, none of this would have happened. so get real people, what is in place at the moment will probably be in place for a long while. get real peaople and taste the air. corruption of old is on the way pout and corruption of the new is in. thanks to the likes of LQ who would not listen. go to jail and serve the time you deserve you stubborm mule.

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  46. I will only accept judgment against Qarase the day Bainimarama, Khaiyum and others front court and justify their takeover of the SDL-FLP government that was led by Laisenia Qarase but will they - no, the treasonists are already demanding immunity from prosecution - for what, if they claim that they carried out the coup to eradicate Fiji of corruption and to make the nation race-free!

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  47. c4.5 it seems des not have anything at all to say about the regime. i believe that c4.5 should change its line. all i read on c4.5 is anti.

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  48. The legal process has just began-let the puppet court gail Garase who will then appeal to court of appeal and supreme court-which will acquit him.

    This gailing is to kill SDL and break Garase down-no elction too.

    Garase will go election so who will vote for tinpot dictator?

    Same with chaudi-gail then appeal then aquit and contest election.

    This plot must make people more determined not give up.

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  49. Anon@8.50. You should ask yourself dumbass why people are freely commenting on C4.5. There will be chaos when LQ is sent to jail. There will be more chaos when Vuaka stays in power. There will be violence and people power will prevail. When that happens I wouldnt be surprised if you join them because people like you are blinded by what Vuaka and his band of thieves want you to say. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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  50. HAHAHA!!! BAINIVUAKA AND KHAIYUM ARE THE ONE PULLING ALL THE STRINGS, THEY DECIDE WHAT HAPPENS IN FIJI, EVEN THE VERDICT ON QARASE.

    EVERYONE IN FIJI ARE SCARED OF THIS TWO EVIL CORRUPT DEVILS!!! EVEN THE ARMY ARE SCARED OF BAINIVUAKA, THEY WORSHIP HIM LIKE GOD... BUNCH OF COWARDS. FIJI JUST LOVE GETTING RAPED AND ABUSE BY THIS EVIL MEN.

    I HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR THE EGPTIAN, LIBYAN AND SYRIAN PEOPLE THAT FOUGHT FOR THEIR FREEDOM AND WON AGAINST THEIR EVIL TYRANT THEN THE LAMUSONA FIJIAN PEOPLE WHO LOVES GETTING RAPED AND ABUSED BY BAINIVUAKA AND KHAIYUM.

    800,000 PEOPLE OF FIJI ARE SCARED OF THIS TWO LITTLE SCUMBAGS, MAKES ME FEEL SICK!!! COME ON MY FELLOW FIJIANS WIN BACK YOUR FREEDOM!!!

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  51. Why is it a kangaroo court? For a layman, its clear that LQ is guilty. Mind you I know a lot of my collagues, yes fijian colleagues feel that the investors of class A shares was in it for themselves. Siti wasa smart, he became the state witness. This is not uncommon anywhere else in the world.

    I feel that this is a lesson for all of us to be careful of what we do. If this court does not catch us, the final court surely will.

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  52. Aust and NZ recognition of Fiji is a clear indication that sooner or later they have to accept FB as the leader of Fiji. Sahould he stand for elections and win, Oz and Nz will have to just bury their head. Hence, they have used their head and not their heart and allowed Rt inoke K and also Pio (PSPMO) to visit Aust.

    Look forward to 2014 and we will see the power of the vote.

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  53. Does anyone know the names of the assessors, the Jezebels !

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  54. It is sad to see that people on this blog do not know right from wrong. They also do not understand that 2 wrongs don't make one right.

    Qarase did commit a crime. He had his day in court. He was found guilty. He will have to serve time in prison. I hope it will not be too unpleasant for him. He should have known that when getting cought, he would have to serve time. If he did not give a thought about the consequences, he is very stupid. If he had decided to take a gamble, well not you have lost and it is time to pay up. No matter what, he should sever at least 36 years in jail. That is 9 counts of abuse x 3 years for each count.

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  55. The three assessors were all civil servants - so they were chosen to ensure that a guilty verdict was returned against Qarase - if they had returned a not guilty verdict, they could have lost their jobs

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  56. Mark Manning, so you want to go after the assessors? Just like you wanted to go after Graham Davis and Croz Walsh? Good luck bro.

    It's time for you to start planning a future without Fiji in it. Because the way things are going, you won't be able to set foot in the country in this lifetime or the next. Moce mada vakadua Mad Mark.

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  57. Yes Mark, the assessors are Mandy, Mango and Moody. Happy now?

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  58. who were the 3 assessor?

    is there a photo of the 3 amigos?

    is it true that these 3 assessors were civil servants handpicked for Garase guilty verdict?

    What is the total pay and benefits of the sri lanka judge? how long left in his contract?

    are 3 assessors related to junta.

    who paid the judge and assessors bribes and how much?

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  59. IO, DRAU VITAURI KAU TU MADA NA DURI TU MAI CAKE QORI. SA LEVU GA NA DOKADOKA. VIA HERO DRAU CAKAVA NA KA DODONU DRAU VANAVANA LAKA NA TAMATA E TALAI KEMUDRAU ME DRAU LAI KABA TIKO KINA I CAKE QORI. DRAU YAVU GOOD FOR NOTHING!!!

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  60. @Anon 9:34...Of course Siti was smart.He was the witness not against Qarase,but the witness for all the legal procedures that Qarase followed regarding the shares with FHL...
    Unfortunately,we are dealing with the illegal justice system that is eager to crucify Qarase no mater what!!

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  61. Oilei na valusi gauna caka tu mai cake qori...
    the biggest enemy of the state is Frank and Co....not the civillians..ululala!!

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  62. @ 11.57p.m Mark Manning, you have too much free time on your hands! Please go away and do something useful like meditate on the Bible and pray quietly in a corner, facing east. The IDs for the three amigos shall be soon revealed to you: See no evil, Hear no evil and Do no evil! Hahahahaaa......

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  63. THE 2014 ELECTON ON SYSTEM-ELECTON OF eXECUTIVE PRESIDNNT WHO RUNS FIJI GOV.

    GARASE/CHADURI IN GAIL-TINPOT DICTATOR & HIS PARTY coming WINS EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT ELECTION/ E VOTE SCAM-PLOT. this the 'one man one vote' coming. party have manifesto -copy of people charter.

    NEW EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT- MINISTER same 7 MINISTERIS now, THEN APPOINt SMALL CABINET handpicked (10 MINISTERS)- KAYUIM BACK- LEGAL DEMOCRACTIC AG AND MINISTER FOR 7 OTHER MINISTERIES-LIKE NOW.

    $700,000 pay packet continues.

    NO LOWER HOUSE/parliment AND upper house/ SENATE -A SMALL CONGRESS-(15) APPOINTED- MAJORITY APPOINTMENTS BY EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT & OTHER PRESIDNET 2014 ELECTION CANDIDATES NOMINEES.

    executive president party congressman control the congress-majority.

    no councils/provincal elections adinistrators appointed continue.

    DICTATOR NO FORM PARTY FOR CONTEST LOWER HOUSE/parliment MINISTER ELECTION- cant win.

    EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT WILL PERFOM ALL FUNCTIONS SAME like PM & COMM IN CHIEF- FMF. EPELI N out & tinpot in white house.

    this WAY THE TINPOT DICTATOR KEEP 100 ARM BODY GUARDS & run THE FMF/POLICE/.PRISION/NIB/fICAC & keep all decree made& amnesty & run GOV/CONGRESS & became new democractic elected FIJI executive PRESIDENT -KAIUYUM DOING SAME THING LIKE NOW-NO DECREE then but democractric PRESIDENTAL BILLS RUBBERSTAMP BY THE CONGRESS MAJORITYthen signed as law by executive president.

    EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT -10 year (2014-2024)democractic elected office term & VETO POWERS On CONGRESS.

    All the people who wannato contest the next election for minister -parliment/councils- make no mstake-wake up?

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  64. Priyantha Fernando's contract comes to an end by the end of October and some reliable information revel that he is leaving by the end of September after taking his remaining leave for the year.

    However, same source reveals that he has made arrangements to come back as a visiting Judge for sessions after making necessary arrangements with Sri Lankan judiciary.

    His paramour Anjala Wati is the main reason for him to come back and as everyone in the department aware, he begged Antony Gates to extend his contract period which was originally for 2 years which was supposed to end at 30th October 2011.

    This is a man who would do anything to be on good books of the present government to get his term extended and we need not to keep on guessing of the outcome of his Judgment.

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  65. I can't wait for the day when ASk and his terriorist Muslim sisters along with the cassava batch uneducated coconut head Bai will be sentenced to life in prison for their crimes.

    This is when Fiji would need to declare a public holiday to celebrate the removal of the evil power from Fiji.

    Fiji has gone down the drain with these lunatics running the show. ASK acts as if Fiji is his Father's supermarket. What a cockhead he is! His a psycho path. Needs urgent medical attention.

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  66. A lot of really shameful and stupid comments here.

    First of all, had Qarase been another Timoci, Jeke or Tui, he never would have been dragged to trial. As it is, Qarase was the only board member prosecuted. This shows that the prosecution was not about rule of law at all but politically motivated abuse of process. This was a Stalinist political show trial.

    Don't feel it was a kangaroo court? I've challenged people for two weeks now to tell me what law was broken and to explain what proof there is Qarase broke it. Nobody has been able to do so. I renew this challenge.

    Qarase was not charged with rape or murder. You must be confusing him with Bainimarama, who will be charged with forcible sodomy, murder, treason, and a host of other crimes.

    A better legal team would not have saved Qarase. The fix was in from the beginning. F. Lee Bailey and Johnny Cochran couldn't have won an acquittal.

    The 2006 coup had nothing to do with qoliqoli. Qoliqoli was just one of Bainimarama's lame excuses for overthrowing the government in order to avoid arrrest for murder and sedition. Everyone knows that now, but some choose to some live on in denial.

    Qarase's real fault was in tolerating Bainimarama's sedition and insubordination so long.

    Think Qarase should serve 36 years, effectively a life sentence? If justice is to be proportionate, and Qarase serves even a fortnight for his supposed crimes, then Bainimarama and company need to hang for their crimes, which are far more serious by comparison. And every one of their supporters need to do hard time.

    C4.5 should change its line and report positive news about the regime? Yes, indeed, when the regime changes its line and actually does something positive.

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  67. Anon Aug 01 10:37PM.

    Of course Qarase was guilty. But he faced his court charges like a man. That was/is a courageous act.

    Qarase, as you would have it, should serve 36 years for his 9 convictions of 3 years each. You have wrongly calculated this. In class 3 when we were learning the multiplication tables, 3 x 9 = 27 and not 36.

    But I will let you go for your mistake. My class teacher would have banged my head with the blackboard duster...lol.

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  68. Anon@10.37. If you say LQ committed a crime and should face the consequences, what about the biggest criminal of all Bainivuaka? He staged a coup, removed the legally elected PM, abrogated the constitution, etc etc. Open your eyes and see the corruption happening right in front of you, abuse of power, murder, beatings, etc etc, now what can you say about that dumbass?

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  69. Sitiveni Welei lakeba sold LQ out. His statement thet LQ failed to disclose his private interest even though they were others who were directors and purchased shares did not record their disclosures as well. Siti you will be remembererd as Judas of the Fijian people my bro.

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  70. Well done bhaini. You have allowed khaiyum and his judicial stooges to manipulate you and the thug i-taukei military to rape your own nation and people. Idiot!

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  71. o Sitiveni Weleilakeba na tamata liumuri dina ga..sa qai laurai vinaka tu qori na nona dra vaka kai Taveuni..macawa. !!io na luveni wakolo e na wakolo jikoga na nona i vakarau

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  72. Are we just going to ignore the fact that Beddoes still calls LQ the PM of Fiji! Ohh Voreqe must really be fuming - THE SHADEEE!Really hope that the jaunta doesn't eliminate all opposition in the upcoming elections - quite interested in what Beddoes has to offer

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  73. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IF YOU ARE FROM FIJI, IN FIJI AND OUTSIDE FIJI THIS IS THE TIME TO STAND UP. LETS NOT HAVE THE SOLDIERS WITH GUNS DICTATE OUR FUTURE AND THE FUTURE OF FIJI. FOR THOSE OF YOU YOUNG AND NOT SO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING; JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE BEING PAID A SALARY TODAY DOESNT MEAN YOU WILL BE PAID TOMORROW. TOO MANY OF OUR YOUNG AND LEARNED MEN ARE SITTING IN JAIL WHILST THIS GOVERNMENT IS BRAINWASHING THE FIJI PEOPLE VIA TV RADIO AND NEWSPAPERS. GROW UP PEOPLE OF FIJI, MAKE A STAND AGAINST THIS GOVT OF TOO MANY DECREES AND GUNS ... ITS NOT ABOUT YOU ANYMORE, ITS ABOUT THOSE AROUND YOU WHOM YOU CALL "FIJIANS" ... REGARDLESS OF RACE.

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  74. Qarase was guilty of insider trading. Whether that amounts to fraud and corruption of the magnitude FICAC has made out is open to debate. There's no other evidence to show that he used his various positions to influence the approval of loans to enable the share purchases to be made - only circumstantial evidence. So, he needs to pay the relevant fines under the Companies Act and receive a suspended sentence as the whole trial was based on the fact that he did not declare his interest in purchasing shares. Why should it take a judge so long to impose sentence? Is he being dictated to by a Phantom figure? If, as they say, the long arm of the law eventually catches up with you then there should be no immunity clause in any new Constitution because the long arm of the law should be allowed to catch up with Bainimarama, Khaiyum and all the post 2006 "coupists/coupsters". The other issue is whether the new Constitution will disallow convicted persons from contesting the 2014 and future elections. If so, what will the determing factor be? - mere conviction or jail time? There needs to be some goal post ... but then again, we see under-age students and prison inmates now being registered to vote in the 2014 elections. The next thing we'll see is prisoners, still serving their terms behind bars actually voting in 2014!! Just like some convicted and imprisoned people continuing to receive their government salaries while legitimate PM's have had their pensions cut. We continue to dwell in our own shit, having become so accustomed to the stench that we can't tell the difference. May God give people the courage to engage the brains he gave them so that they see the simplest things in life - such as right from wrong.

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  75. The crimes purportedly committed according to the FICAC and as been the theme of the coup is corruption during his term in office but there was no corruption during his term in office. So the coup in 2006 is just a way to side step justice and bring in injustice.

    Fiji will not be what the world should be if this government continues with its pack of lies. we will need a truth and reconciliation commission in order to move Fiji forward. the CHARTER and this regime cannot move Fiji forward.

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  76. Lionel Yee carried out insider trading. When is his case?

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  77. Oracle, well done.

    Perhaps we'll see Francis Kean running for office whilst Qarase is ruled ineligible to compete. Such is the regime's criminal illogic.

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  78. If what Anonymous 3:28 writes is true, then Dakuwaqa has been right all along with his warning, what he calls the 18th Brumaire of Frank Bainimarama. This is a prescription for dictatorship. Yash Ghai will be a laughingstock for allowing this, and so will Fiji.

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  79. C'mon people! I wonder what law was LQ trialed upon
    The 1997 constitution was abrogated, how can a supposed "crime" committed in 1990 be valid for mention when in fact there is NO LAW..jeepus!

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  80. The three assessors were Anthony Gates, Nazhat Shameem, and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. All three have been Bainimarama appointees who reportedly have extensive experience in matters pertaining to corruption and the administration of justice in today's Fiji.

    It can't get more impartial than that!

    Just think what compelling character witnesses they will make at Bainimarama's coming trial for treason!

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  81. Anon August 1, 803pm
    There was only ONE fiji national to ever command UNIFIL in Lebanon. Check your facts and history. Respect.

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  82. There were TWO FIJIANS - Maj Gen George Konrote and Waqanisau, albeit in an Acting capacity for some few months!!
    The point here is the calibre of Waqanisau!!

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  83. MAGAITINAMUDRAU - VOREQE KEI AIARSE - TALIBAN TERRORISTS.....YOUR DAYS WILL COME. YOU WILL BOTH BE TRIED BY JUNGLE LAW....WILL SEE THAT YOUR FAMILIES WILL BE TORMENTED. ENJOY NOW BECAUSE DOOM AWAITS YOU.

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  84. Frank is the biggest crook of all time. He is the one that should be in jail with his sona levu brother in law - Varanisese Kean. you self riteous clowns

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