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Trial Date Bid

Trial Date Bid
Sitiveni Rabuka outside the Suva Magistrates Court on August 13, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei
August 14
11:00 2018

Lawyers for Social Democrat­ic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka have requested a hearing date in Octo­ber.

Defence lawyer Filimoni Vosa­rogo appeared for Rabuka yester­day and informed Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa that the dates available to Rabuka’s overseas lawyer Ian Lloyd- Queen’s Counsel were from October 15-19, 2018.

He said Mr Lloyd would be in Fiji for Rabuka’s voir dire hear­ing and the substantive trial add­ing he had consulted with the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption lawyer Rashmi Aslam about the dates and they had no problems with it.

Mr Lloyd will be assisted by prominent Fiji lawyer Devanesh Sharma.

Mr Aslam suggested that one and a half days each be set aside for the voir dire hearing and trial respectively and an extra day for additional submissions that coun­sels may want to make.

He also suggested that the voir dire ruling and court judgment be dealt with together to save time.

In response Magistrate Bosei­waqa said he would be in Rotuma that week and would be leaving on October 12, 2018.

The case has been adjourned to August 20, 2018, for mention to fi­nalise trial dates.

Rabuka was charged in May for one count of providing false dec­laration of assets, income and lia­bilities under the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Act of 2013 to which he maintains a not guilty plea.

WHO IS RABUKA’S LAWYER?

IAN LLOYD QC

Called to the bar in 1977 and appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1989. His specific area of practice is Criminal Law and Criminal (Environmental).

He received his Bachelor of Law (Hon­ours) from the University of Sydney and was admitted as a barrister of the New South Wales Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia in 1977.

He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and admitted to the Hong Kong Bar in 1985 and admitted to the New York Bar a year after in 1986.

Mr Lloyd has 41 years of experience and has defended cases in Fiji, most recently a $3.1 million fraud case in 2015 brought by FICAC against the director of T.F Jan Bulldozing Company and four former employees of the then Department of National Roads (DNR).

Edited by Percy Kean

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