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Friday, August 3, 2012

Samisoni in police custody again

Fiji business woman, Mere Samisoni, is under police interrogation after reportedly tackling FICAC officers today for their part in the trial and conviction of deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase.

The 74 year old grandmother is alleged to have been involved in an incident prior to the sentencing of the SDL leader today in the Suva High Court.

Police sources claim the deposed SDL member of Lamu was waiting outside the FICAC offices at 11.15am in her car for the lawyers to emerge for the trip to the High Court.

As soon as two FICAC vehicles, FX970 and FR119 drove out, it is alleged she followed them.

Police are claiming that as soon as they reached Holland Street, Samisoni overtook the  FICAC vehicles and stopped in front of them.
 

Initial police reports claim she blocked their lane, got out and yelled at the FICAC lawyers that what they were doing was wrong.

Her lawyer, Peter Williams QC, has told New Zealand media Samisoni is being harassed by Fiji police.

He says he spoke to a police officer who told him he had been told to take Samisoni to the police station by his superior and he had his orders to carry out.

Williams told the ABC's PM programme: "I spoke to the officer in charge, I said why are you arresting this woman?
He said oh I know it's illegal, he said, but I've been told to do it.
I said, well what's the reason? He said I've got no reason.
DOMINIQUE SCHWARTZ: And who told him to do that?
PETER WILLIAMS: He said oh my superior officer. And that's what is happening in Fiji right now."

Samisoni is accused with three others of trying to overthrow the unelected government of Frank Bainimarama and is currently on bail. 


She was arrested in January under the Public Emergency Regulations and her case is yet to be heard with the regime having delayed it several times already.
 
71 year old Qarase was sentenced today by Justice Priyantha Fernando to a year in jail after being convicted on 9 corruption related charges following a two week trial led by FICAC lawyers Michael Blanchflower and Elizabeth Yang.

71 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vinaka Mere

If the story is true. Someone has to take the lead and overthrow this EVIL regime before the Fijians are destroyed for ever. The Indo-Fijians will head overseas, now they can have dual passports, and dictator the future of our country from abroad.
Rise up, soldiers, and save Fiji

Fijiana said...

Mere Samisoni not smart at all. You are already in hot soup so why invite more trouble? I thought you were smarter than that. Now you have breached your bail condition and may look at doing time while waiting for your trial.

Anonymous said...

Racist Mere cant be a very educated woman. The case clearly showed Qarase was piling up his bank account while impressing on the taukei population with Qoliqoli bills etc.!
ALL AFRICAN states that are at the bottom of the human development and extreme poverty/ HUGE UNEMPLOYMENT and backwardness have or have had EXACTLY THE SAME SCENERIO! The leaders filling their pockets while the country goes down the drain! IN FIJI -easy to get out of being held responsible-JUST BLAME THE KAIDIA!
Frank has saved us from becoming a AFRICA of the Pacific!

Druavesi said...

I just cant wait for the chorwa Mahens case! The evil crook who pocketed money meant for the suffering fellow citizens must be dealth with severely.
How quickly he joined the coup government and instantly announced a amnesty for tax evaders!!!
Bet you he will present his tax clearence that was issued during the amnesty which will clearly prove why he joined the illegal govt.The courts are not stupid!
Both Mahen and Qarase were making full use of the racial divsions to their advantage! Both filled their pockets while telling their people they are fighting the other side for them! and were both were ready to have another bite of the cherry after 2014 elections.
Fiji will be the winner after Mahen is also put away

Anonymous said...

Now she's done it. Good cause but she sounds quite mad. What on earth was she thinking?

The Bread Lady is a couple of scones short in the oven if you ask me.

mark manning said...

The soldiers are an impotent lot of women, incapable of standing up to the bipolar kid and his Moslem buddy.
Aiyaz has them by the balls, hang on, they don't have any.

Anonymous said...

Where are the i-taukei men?

Anonymous said...

Mark Manning- U R a typical Anglo whiteman. Anything to destroy yet another country so England and her invaded countries be on top of everything. Mark you live in the past. One Kaidia Mohandas Ghandi finished the British Empire !
Today China /Singapore and so many other countries look DOWN on your type! The days when people fell over backwards at the sight of a european is long gone!
Why dont you go looking for WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION so that you Angos can find some respect back in the world. BTW if you find OIL- make sure the theiving Brits/USA/Aust does not dip their hands! hahaha

Anonymous said...

THE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR THIEF MAHEN SHOULD BE NEXT!

Anonymous said...

Anon@744pm
There must be something about Indo-Fijians negative to be heard eh?
I wonder how many people with class two pass or above still take this nonsense anymore?

Anonymous said...

This story is a load of tosh!!!!

Anonymous said...

Even Crosbie Walsh could see Qarase's behaviour


However, whatever the sentence, those opposed to the Bainimarama government, will continue their efforts to divert attention from what should be the main issue: the seriousness of a crime that illustrates how some members of the iTaukei elite have used public office to advance their family's pecuniary interests at the expense of other iTaukei. The judge commented on Qarase's lack of remorse. I would interpret this as a sign he did not think he had done anything particularly wrong. After all, others were similarly engaged, and in a hierarchical system, it is part of the "natural order" that those at the top gain most.

Anonymous said...

None of us are perfect. If you are sign off under your own name instead of pseudonyms or annonymous. Mere might have made her mistakes but no denying her efforts for a fair Fiji.

Anonymous said...

this will have to be proved in court it's only the police side of the story

Anonymous said...

@ 9.26p.m. Not just Walsh, I was very, very surprised at the level of interest taken by foreigners (from Aus/NZ) over Qarase and cronies' corrupt and shameful conduct towards their own people and the length of time they had 'gotten away' with it. Some of the comments I heard really surprised me. All I can say is that we Fijians are our own worst enemies, we're too forgiving when we shouldn't be and need to learn to be far more discerning when it comes to wolves in sheeps' clothing.

Anonymous said...

why cant Fiji have a thousand Mere Samisonis ???? --bai"s control will fall like a pack of cards .

Anonymous said...

Sign of a desperate Vuakamarama. He's running scared and I wouldn't be surprised if he shits his pants on a daily basis.

Just saying said...

Mere is too smart to have played into the hands of police like this.

Viti Panther said...

Don't necessarily agree with her tactic - but at least she's doing something and sticking her neck out(unlike you know me sitting quite anonymously behind a screen)!

Share Hogs said...

Qarase applied for shares in Cicia, Mavana, QTen. He facilitated approval of issuance of shares. Qarase was a director in all 3 companies.

Cicia had whopping 400,000 Class A shares
In Mavana Qarase and wife had 200,000 shares.
Q-Ten IQarase family had 200,000 shares

How nice and cosy for Qarase family.

Insider trading and conflict of interest at its best.

We Fijians should be asking why one family is hogging all class a shares (the how is obvious).
What about rest of us unwashed masses?
Leftover crumbs?
But we are trying to justify an obvious case of corruption.
Will we ever learn?

Anonymous said...

Another Graham Davis lap dog surfaces on C4/5 - re Share Hogs - re Graham Davis

Our Fiji Mandela said...

Stand proud Mandela Qarase. Unlike the junta thugs and cowards you are a man of dignity and courage. Like Libya and Syria - it is only a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

NO ONE ELSE APPLIED FOR THE A CLASS SHARES AND WHEN THEY DID THEY MISSED THE DEADLINE.
WE'RE YOU FOLLOWING THE CASE mr Share Hog.

Honest i'taukei said...

9.26pm and 10.55 These two read like the same person and I don't think they're one of the unwashed masses. More like a grubby coup apologist who has gone so deep into Bai territory there's no way back. For the record i'taukei are no more corrupt than anyone else. So stop the bullshit about i'taukei betrayal. The most corrupt are Frank and Aiyarse (and associates) but thanks to the decrees and the guns they are getting away with it.

Anonymous said...

oile dictator and dozen junta thugs scared of a 74 yr old woman- bunch of coawrds.

Anonymous said...

Our Fiji Mandela

Please do not compare Qarase to Nelson Mandela. This would be VERY offensive to Nelson Mandela. Mandela was NEVER a nationalist.

Furthermore It is also that Mandela to this date did nothing for self enhancement of his pocket. Clearly meaning that Mandela was not a crook unlike Qarase. So now I hope that you will cease and desist using Nelson Mandela's name in such a low down manner.

Anonymous said...

one word describes the truth about the junta.

the word is: LAMUSONA

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I have a liking for mrs samisoni, but for her to drive past the cars and stop in front of them is dangerous. Stupid policeman, its not following your superior's orders. Book Mere for dangerous or careless driving and obatructing juctice.

Corrupt Qarase said...

The pretentious, wannabe 'Mandela' deserved a lot more than just a couple of months in gaol. He is one LUCKY man!

kite flyer said...

no constitution and no constitutional governance.no parliament and parliamentary rule.no independent institutions of state to ensure separation of role and powers to act as checks against abuse of power.all under the iron fist of the military warloads .no free press. yet fiji now has a civilian government!I think that sums it up.

futuristic said...

VAKAVANUA means that you forget what you learnt at school and at university , forget basic Christian principles of honesty and give way to your own basic instincts for survival and the demands of friends and relatives . That is what LQ did and that has been a feature of his SDL leadership. For establishing a new benchmark in governance standards, the current regime will be applauded and supported by advocates of the British system of governance. What happens next ? A decree to freeze FHL shares ? A tracking down of former Prime Ministers and Ministers for abuse of office in the past? Way to go VB! Clear cut standards need to be set for future generations of Fijian citizens.

Anonymous said...

democracy is lost in fiji and we are been dictated by army/police thugs.
where is the rule of law all gone under the regime.
mere and qarase are hero not like bai so scared and surrounded by body guards.
people will vote sdl /flp so let get the election on now.
god is great and watching bai your time will come to ans to the same court and god oneday.

Anonymous said...

Joker says..

"FIJIANA"...FYI, Mere is not mad, maybe you. She is a a very successful business - i taukei women, and is a PhD graduate.....what more can you say.

Her actions speaks volume about the insanity and how corrupt this illlegal govt is, why can't some of you see the big picture.

Fiji is more corrupt than any govt put together since independent.

Just compare Francis Kean ( Frank Bainamarama" bro in law), charged for murder, sentenced to only 18 months, released after 3 months and getting full pay whilst in prison.

Returns and gets his navy commander role back - Now how can you be any more corrupt than this.

Frank B back pays himself after 30 years over $270,000 -00 etc etc

Fijiana, maybe you should clean out cob webs from your brains.

Jone said...

Yes, see what you mean about Share Hog. He reads like a Graham Davis sock puppet. But he is trying to justify an obvious case of legal harrassment in support of a treasonous regime. Will he ever learn?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:26, you say that 'Even Crosbie Walsh could see Qarase's behaviour'. Not sure what that means, but it does suggest another question: when will he ever recognise Bainimarama's behaviour?

You also say 'whatever the sentence, those opposed to the Bainimarama government will continue their efforts to divert attention from what should be the main issue: the seriousness of a crime that illustrates how some members of the iTaukei elite have used public office to advance their family's pecuniary interests at the expense of other iTaukei'. But you're wrong. That isn't the main issue -- not by a long shot. The main issue is Bainimarama's treason.

Whatever the issue, you who support the Bainimarama regime will continue your efforts to divert attention from the main issue, which, again, is Bainimarama's treason.

But it won't work, because every time you try to divert attention from that fact, I will be there to call attention to it, which will only draw more attention to the main issue, which is Bainimarama's treason.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Our hero Mandela Qarase said...

Stand proud Mandela Qarase. Unlike the junta thugs and cowards you are a man of dignity and courage. Like Libya and Syria - it is only a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

Samisoni questioned over alleged dangerous driving
Publish date/time: 04/08/2012 [10:09]

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Business woman Mere Samisoni who was taken in for questioning after an allegation of dangerous driving has been cautioned and released.

Police confirmed she was taken in yesterday afternoon after she nearly bumped a FICAC vehicle in Toorak.

No charges have been laid against her.


Story by: Khusboo Singh

Anonymous said...

Pio Tikoduadua is in Canberra right now...Bob Carr's Asian connection thru his wife has probably taken all the intelligent and ethical brain cells out of his brain!

Anonymous said...

Kadavu House ownership dispute heats up
May 18, 2010 | Filed under: Fiji News | Posted by: newsroom

Written By : SERA JANINE.

Kadavu Holdings Limited chairman Sakiasi Waqanivavalagi has broken his silence over the ownership of the Kadavu House.
He yesterday spoke out to end all controversy stirred within the province, about the ownership of the eight-storey building.
“Kadavu House on Victoria Parade in Suva is owned by Kadavu Holdings Limited,” Mr Waqanivavalagi said in a press release.
“There is no controversy or dispute about this. Kadavu Holdings Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kadavu Development Company Limited which is a public company.”
He said one faction led by Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo believes that the provincial council holds controlling interest in the company. While the other believes that majority shares in the company were paid from funds raised communally by the Kadavu people.
The rest of the shares were paid by individuals, villages and some tikina within the province.
“The meeting last Friday was to consider the findings and conclusions regarding this agreement made by an audit type inquiry carried out by Ernst & Young, a chartered accounting firm in Suva,” Mr Waqanivavalagi said.
“This inquiry records show that a total of 71.94 per cent of the KDC shares belong communally to the people of Kadavu generally and their chiefs together with certain individual tikina.
“The balance of the shares in KDC, are owned by individuals from the vanua of Kadavu who had purchased shares during share drives organised by the company between 1972 and about 1986,” he explained.
When contacted Ratu Josateki said the annual general meeting that was called by the company last Friday was a big disappointment.
“This is because the chairman (Mr Waqanivavalagi) informed the meeting that it was not an annual general meeting but a general meeting,” he said.
“These people who came in had acquired individual shares as well as members of the provincial council. They were appointed by the council at its meeting on the previous day to represent their interest at the annual general meeting.
“As a member of the provincial council for the last eight years and as a former chairman I am privy to council and register of company information that the Kadavu Provincial Council owns around 80 per cent shareholdings.
“This is through injection of funds totalling around $140,000 and around $39,000 individual shareholdings by the people of Kadavu. The company is denying these shareholdings and is yet to prove their claim that the provincial council had set up KDC through injection of shares.”
He said it is in the interest of the people of Kadavu and Government to determine who actually owns Kadavu Development Corporation Limited.

Anonymous said...

fiji people been sold out our big brothers to suffer under the regime.
when we will get freedom and democracy back and rule of law in fiji.
we have to stand up and fight like the people in syria are doing.
no guts no glory
god will only help you when you help yourself.
faith without work is dead.
mere keep the fight on .we are proud of you sister.
what happen to all sdl supporters.

mereoni rakai said...

If only all you writing under anonymous title could be a little brave by putting your real names!!!! you all cant measure up to meres standard!!! very courageous, though old!!! All comments under false names is meaningless... all lamulamu.

Anonymous said...

Now FICAC needs to investigate other bigger crooks and one is JIM AH KOY. How did this man took hold of all the prime land around Marela House where he built six or 7 multi-million dollars complex. He got hold of this land after Rabuka's 87 coups. Now wonder he was a very strong supporter of Rabuka. Come on start working on this guy to show some semblance of impartiality. Another one is YP Reddy and after that the current batch of monster crooks Bainimarama, Aiyarse, Nur Bano, Shameem etc

JAS said...

@Anon...August 4, 2012 11:59 AM

And look where Syria is now...it's a hell hole. Do things smart and humanely....so the innocent dont suffer.

Anonymous said...

@Meroni Raki 12:42 PM

Have to disagree with your view on the use of 'Anonymous' comments.

As anyone conversant with todays social media enviroment will know there are trolls and cranks out there who 'can' and 'will' use personal information against you for their sick fun.

The value you as an indavidual give to any comment made should be based upon its content, not a name of the poster.

Just ask yourself how would the value of your comment to a reader have varied should you have posted it under the name of Anonymous, Mickey Mouse or Meroni Rakai ?

Elizabeth said...

Futuristic, this blog gets some crazy comments, but yours pretty much top the cake. Do you know anything about the 'British system of governance'? Have you ever heard the British high commissioner endorse Bainimarama's policies? Does Britain now support coup government?

What, Futuristic, do you think Bainimarama is some sort of Oliver Cromwell? More like Richard III.

Your pseudonym shouldn't be 'Futuristic'. This regime isn't modernising Fiji but driving it into the Dark Ages. Accordingly, by the authority vested in me, I now dub thee 'Atavistic'.

Greed said...

GREED, pure simple, was the main cause of Qarase's downfall.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12.56. Suggest you wake up and smell the cava. Only people opposing the regime will go before the courts and get convicted, guilty or not guilty doesn't matter, all will end up in jail.

Anonymous said...

anon@12.56
U r right One man who made a killing whilst the country sang strong ANTI_INDIAN sentiments (and only concentrated on Indians being left out of everything) was JIM AH KOI.
Remember under Rabuka JIM AH KOI bought land near Navua brigde for$7million from Lyle Cupit. $7MILLION!!!!!!
Rabuka ignored the deal as he was too busy concentrating where he could do something against Indians.
The $7m land is lying idle. I heard 25% went to big JIM in overseas accounts!
Jims speeches in parliament around the time of the deal was always -Indians this and Indians that.
Jeres another chap who made millions taking advantage of the racial divisions. YES HE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED BY FICAC

Anonymous said...

Would the Rabukas govt and in particular JIM AH KOI buy the land it bought from Lyle Cupit for $7million
if the land belonged to RAM PRASAD and not Lyle Cupit? And would JIM have paid $7MILLION if the land was property of Ram Prasad instead of Lyle Cupit?

futuristic said...

@ Elizabeth

The British system of governance is based on laws and not VAKAVANUA- ISM. Laws to be respected and followed by those who went to school.As the Judge said, not only was LQ's action ILLEGAL it was also IMMORAL and still the man has shown no remorse. Did he go to school ?

FIJIAN said...

NOW THAT THE DUST HAS SETTLED,(SO TO SPEAK) WITH QARASE NICELY TUCKED AWAY IN HER MAJESTY'S OWN 5-STAR, FREE OF CHARGE AS ALWAYS, I KNOW OF AN HONEST MAN WHO IS NOW HAVING THE LAST LAUGH- MR PENIASI KUNATUBA! EVERYONE HAS FORGOTTEN ABOUT THIS MAN BUT QARASE HIMSELF.QARASE KNOWS FULLY WELL THAT HE TOGETHER WITH APISAI TORA PUT THIS HONEST MAN IN PRISON."WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND" WHAT SAY MATE?

Anonymous said...

Joker @9:20 AM

I totally agree with you that Mere is smart and is a successful business person. She has attained her PhD. There is not doubt about.

Now she may be book smart but no street smart. Her actions were questionable. I do not have PhD but I know that if I am out on bail, I would stay clean and not provoke the system. To me I think she is pretty novice. She should take time out and do a lot of SOUL SEARCHING when she is a guest of Republic of Fiji along side Qarase and ChoodHry.

Zero tolerance for fraud said...

Totally agree with 3.40p.m. Mmmm....seems that Cupit man had a hand in more than one scam that has come to light, ala FHL. Was he a conspirator and accomplice who aided and abetted FRAUD?


While they're at it, why don't FICAC re-open the NBF files? After all, $220 million of taxpayers money went down the drain in that huge conspiracy. Plus move on quickly with the other big scams (FNPF, Agriculture Scam, et al) that went on between culprits who filled their pockets at taxpayers expense! $@!^&*(!!

They all have unclean hands! said...

Agree with s/dakuwaqa re treason charge against Fb, but I also have to say that the corruption charges against Qarase were a long time coming. How in the world did Fijian who knew what Qarase and fellow white collar hooligans were up to and yet still allowed them to get away with murder for so bloody long?!

Nice Bola said...

Poor Kunatuba.
He was the fall guy.
Fiji is unjust.
The small fry always get caught.
Big fish get away.
Qarase, disbarred lawyer Qorinise Bale used Kunatuba.
Then ditched him.
Kunatuba served his term with a smile.
He did a lot of good work inside.

Kunatuba is the hero.
Not LQ who feathered his nest!

Ganesh said...

Anonymous 9:17, of course you would do nothing to rock the boat, because you're just as lamusona as most people. You're the one who needs to do a little soul-searching. What have you done to defend Fiji? Is it more than this 74 year old bread-baking grandmother?

Elizabeth said...

Atavistic, you said it. The British system of governance is based on laws, not the barrel of a gun. You've just made my point.

Anonymous said...

Anybody been to the YP Reddy Group office in Lautoka..it only has Indian employees..thought I was in India for a minute.. investigate this bugger...

Anonymous said...

Most people are saying that Kunatuba is the fall guy... Please ask all from Naitasiri about him,,, you just need to bring in tabua, mats, vakalolo to his home and he will give what you have asked for... So is he guilty or not... if he was so such a fall guy than why take personal bribes and gain for the governement to assist farmers.. get ur facts right... he is also a crook..same as Kean and otherss/..

Anonymous said...

LQ knows well that he was going to jail;no amount blogging will change what has transpired. On the brighter side,NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW,albeit Bainimarama and his immediate family.This will be the status quo until the GE in 2014,so blog on but make sure you all register as voters and vote in your choice of government.After the new government is voted in ensure that you continue blogging until the next credible elections in 2019. By then hopefully some of our notorious politicians have passed on to the other side! God Bless Fiji!

Concerned Citizen

Anonymous said...

Share Hog is crying over something he wants to own but cant. Share hog, go and sweat for your money. LQ and cos are sweating that money by loan and paying it back. He borrowed that money and invest it and he applied for it in the proper way.

Share pig said...

Share Hogs ia absolutely right.
Qarase used his position to feather his nest.
Ignore the evidence at your peril.
And that of future generations.
Some people are stupid numbskulls.
They are saying no ne applied for A-class shares.
No wonder we Fijians can't get ahead.
No one applied because fat cats concealed information you ulukaus.
At least now wake up!
It is immoral for families and individuals to have more shares than whole provinces.
Can't you understand this basic fact!
I mean, how does this fit with our so-called, caring communal system we always boasting about??
is this how our leaders and custodians do their job. By lining their pockets first?
Will we ever wake up from our grog dope???

Swine herder said...

Share Pig, so Qarase's real crime is owning more than you, eh? You want a 'caring communal system' instead of capitalism? Fine, share with me all your money. I need more grog!

Anonymous said...

Qarase risked his money buying those shares. Had the investment failed, no one would have reimbursed him. Is it now a crime to invest in local companies and to be a successful investor?

The one-year sentence reinforces the obvious -- this wasn't about crime and punishment but about making Qarase ineligible to run for election.

To swine herder said...

Swine herder where have you been?
Capitalism is for Fijian elites like Qarase and communalism and Christianity and caring-sharing is preached to the rest of us.

swine herser you are clearly a qarase relative or cronism beneficiary, one of te elites with snouts in the qarase trough, it seems, from you spirited defence of corruption.

Swine herder said...

Anonymous 1:59, I'm in the AG's office. So what do you make of that, poofta? Now, give me your money for my grog!

Anonymous said...

Just say No to immunity.

The Constitution lives.

Antidisestabishmentarianism.

On to Jericho!

Anonymous said...

Roundup of FICAC vs Laisenia Qarase case materials
In our view the legal team for PM Qarase made a sterling effort given the team was handed the case at the eleventh hour, on Sunday 1st July . On Monday 2nd July Defence counsel applied to set aside the agreed facts and agreed bundle of documents, given they had a different case strategy - refused by Judge Fernando. Counsel also applied for a two week adjournement and was granted only two days to get up to speed with the many documents and the case history. They did a sterling job getting up to speed in two days when the trial started on Thursday 5th July, filing the application for permanent stay on Friday 6th July, and the rest is history.

This blog had quite a few articles and materials on the first FICAC vs Laisenia Qarase case on his actions as a Director of Fijian Holdings Limited in 1991/92.

So here is a roundup of the articles and materials, online.

A. BACKGROUND

1. Only one legal issue before the Suva High Court in Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's abuse of office trial-http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/single-legal-issue-to-be-decided-in-pm.html

2. Background on Fijian Holdings Limited-http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/background-on-fijian-holdings-limited.html

3. Review of the nine charges filed against PM Qarase by FICAC-http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/look-at-charges-filed-against-pm-qarase.html

-Read the Charges as filed by FICAC in August 2011 here. FICAC amended the charges four times since PM Qarase was first charged under the FICAC Decree in February 2008.https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaTG01U180TXZTNUU

-Read the Agreed Facts from October 2011 here. Judge Fernando refused to set this document aside when Defence Counsel applied to have it set aside on 2nd July 2012.
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaSENJQjNkZFlTMTA

4. Appointment as Financial Advisor to the Fijian Affairs Board did NOT make PM Qarase a "public officer" http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/appointment-as-financial-advisor-to.html

B. WELEILAKEBA EVIDENCE

5. Weleilakeba admits FHL Board was aware of Qarase's involvement in 3 companies that purchased FHL shares in 1991/1992. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/weleilakeba-admits-fhl-board-was-aware.html

Anonymous said...

6. Why has Weleilakeba turned on PM Qarase? http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/why-has-weleilakeba-turned-on-pm-qarase.html

7. Former FHL Chairman Cupit insists the share deals were lawful. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/former-fhl-chairman-cupit-insists-share.html

8. First witness for PM Qarase: Cupit speaks from beyond the grave. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/first-witness-for-pm-qarase-cupit.html

9. Part 2: Witness for PM Qarase: Lyle Cupit on Class A share allotments. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/part-2-witness-for-pm-qarase-lyle-cupit.html

C. APPLICATION FOR PERMANENT STAY OF PROCEEDINGS

10. The lightbulb didn't go on until 2008? Defence Counsel argues for a permanent stay on PM Qarase's prosecution. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/lightbulb-didnt-go-on-until-2008.html

-Read the Defence submission for Permanent Stay on Proceedings here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJad3dxMTcxWHpRUGM
Speaking Notes here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJadDVoandqRnZuNUU

-Read FICAC's submission on Permanent Stay here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaQmZGN1NjTkszak0

-Read the ruling on Permanent Stay here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaVFBCSnJiekFVenc

D. SUBMISSION OF NO CASE TO ANSWER
(After Prosecution case/witnesses completed)

11. FICAC have not proven their case against PM Qarase. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/ficac-have-not-proven-their-case.html

-Read the Defence submissions on no case to answer here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaSURkWjZVOFZ4bm8

-Read FICAC's submission on the no case application here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJac3V4UnI4LXRtYmc

-Read Judge Fernando's ruling on the no case to answer application here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaMlY0bE9LWllPUkE

E. Joe Mar Evidence

12. Joe Mar puts the events of 1992 at FHL in context. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/joe-mar-puts-events-of-1992-at-fhl-in.html

F. Closing Submissions

13. PM Qarase's lawyer makes valiant closing. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/pm-qarases-lawyer-makes-valiant-closing.html

-Read the Defence Counsel's closing submission here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaNTVBOFp1UWtMcmc

G. Verdict & Sentencing

-Read Fernando's Summing Up for the Assessors here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJab2piOG9zLTVJcjA

-Read Defence Counsel's Submission on Mitigation and Sentencing here. In our view the four star character witnesses for PM Qarase, and the submissions in mitigation, ensured PM Qarase did not get a more severe sentence, as unfair as the conviction is. The character witnesses were: Rev Josateki Koroi (covering PM's upbringing, background, careers success, how he helped the people of Mavana, Lau and Fiji), Ro Teimumu Kepa, na Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi and Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, na Gone Turaga Bale na Roko Tui Bau (covering PM's national role, his character). Read the mitigation submission for the summary. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaaFI1enpickVtUGM

14. Judge Fernando agrees with assessors on guilty verdict for PM Qarase. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/judge-fernando-agrees-with-assessors-on.html

-Read Fernando's Judgement here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJablFWMEI0aFFaNkU

-Read the sentencing ruling here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJacnRQa1FVbl9JX00

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C. APPLICATION FOR PERMANENT STAY OF PROCEEDINGS

10. The lightbulb didn't go on until 2008? Defence Counsel argues for a permanent stay on PM Qarase's prosecution. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/lightbulb-didnt-go-on-until-2008.html

-Read the Defence submission for Permanent Stay on Proceedings here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJad3dxMTcxWHpRUGM
Speaking Notes here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJadDVoandqRnZuNUU

-Read FICAC's submission on Permanent Stay here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaQmZGN1NjTkszak0

-Read the ruling on Permanent Stay here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaVFBCSnJiekFVenc

D. SUBMISSION OF NO CASE TO ANSWER
(After Prosecution case/witnesses completed)

11. FICAC have not proven their case against PM Qarase. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/ficac-have-not-proven-their-case.html

-Read the Defence submissions on no case to answer here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaSURkWjZVOFZ4bm8

-Read FICAC's submission on the no case application here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJac3V4UnI4LXRtYmc

-Read Judge Fernando's ruling on the no case to answer application here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaMlY0bE9LWllPUkE

E. Joe Mar Evidence

12. Joe Mar puts the events of 1992 at FHL in context. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/joe-mar-puts-events-of-1992-at-fhl-in.html

F. Closing Submissions

13. PM Qarase's lawyer makes valiant closing. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/pm-qarases-lawyer-makes-valiant-closing.html

-Read the Defence Counsel's closing submission here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaNTVBOFp1UWtMcmc

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G. Verdict & Sentencing

-Read Fernando's Summing Up for the Assessors here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJab2piOG9zLTVJcjA

-Read Defence Counsel's Submission on Mitigation and Sentencing here. In our view the four star character witnesses for PM Qarase, and the submissions in mitigation, ensured PM Qarase did not get a more severe sentence, as unfair as the conviction is. The character witnesses were: Rev Josateki Koroi (covering PM's upbringing, background, careers success, how he helped the people of Mavana, Lau and Fiji), Ro Teimumu Kepa, na Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi and Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, na Gone Turaga Bale na Roko Tui Bau (covering PM's national role, his character). Read the mitigation submission for the summary. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJaaFI1enpickVtUGM

14. Judge Fernando agrees with assessors on guilty verdict for PM Qarase. http://ratuwalesi.blogspot.com/2012/07/judge-fernando-agrees-with-assessors-on.html

-Read Fernando's Judgement here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJablFWMEI0aFFaNkU

-Read the sentencing ruling here. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9jaGZW0laJacnRQa1FVbl9JX00