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The lawyers in the trial of three former executives of Post Fiji Limited yesterday made their closing submissions in the High Court in Suva yesterday. The three are former chairman
18 Nov 2014 12:12
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The lawyers in the trial of three former executives of Post Fiji Limited yesterday made their closing submissions in the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The three are former chairman Mahendra Motibhai Patel, former managing director Tevita Peni Mau and former general manager finance Dhirendra Pratap.

Patel is charged with one count of abuse of office for the renewal of Mau’s contract.

Mau is charged with one count of extortion for allegedly demanding money from the board.

Pratap is charged with one count of abuse of office for allegedly facilitating the payout to Mau. All deny the charges.

Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) lawyer Rashmi Aslam in his closing address questioned why a single person made a decision about the highest position in the management of the company.

Mr Aslam said appointment were within the power of the board of directors.

He said according to the minutes of the board meeting and prosecution witnesses it was found that there was no formal discussion of the renewal of Peni Mau’s contract.

Mr Aslam also stated there was no evidence that there was any resolution.

He said there was overwhelming evidence against the accused.

Patel’s lawyer Hemendra Nagin said Mau’s initial contract had been agreed by the board so it was not necessary for Patel to go back to the board when the contract was extended.

He said there was no difference in the terms and conditions.

Mr Nagin said there was nothing sinister or secretive about it.

He said Mau exercised his right to renewal of contract.

Barbara Malimali, Mau’s lawyer said her client was charged with a crime he did not commit.

She said Mau never demanded for the payment.

Pratap, who represented himself, said he had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the payment to Mau was done in accordance with the board discussion and resolution.

The case has been adjourned to tomorrow when the presiding judge, Prabaharan Kumararatnam, will be summing up.

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