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Travelling Patel Won’t Return Here Voluntarily

Convicted businessman Mahendra Motibhai Patel has told a prominent Australian newspaper he is not coming back to Fiji and has admitted he is travelling internationally. During an interview with The
27 Nov 2014 11:15
Travelling Patel Won’t Return Here Voluntarily

Convicted businessman Mahendra Motibhai Patel has told a prominent Australian newspaper he is not coming back to Fiji and has admitted he is travelling internationally.

During an interview with The Australian newspaper, Mr Patel has been described by the newspaper as the “Fiji Times owner”.
This is despite that under the Media Industry Development Decree he is not allowed to hold such a position because of his continuous absence from Fiji.

Interestingly, the newspaper stated that Mr Patel had recently returned to Australia from a trip to India.
When he first left Fiji in 2012 while on bail, his lawyers had submitted in court that Mr Patel was to have eye surgery and post operation care in Australia was required.

The Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) has declined to comment on Mr Patel’s comments in The Australian in which he criticised his prosecution for abuse of office.

But FICAC spokesperson Nandni Vandhana confirmed that their legal team was working to ensure Mr Patel serves his 12-month jail sentence in Fiji.

Meanwhile, a ruling would be made on Friday for the forfeiture of  Mr Patel’s bail security of $2000.
FICAC lawyer Rashmi Aslam made the submission at the Suva High Court.

Mr Patel had been convicted in absentia and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for abuse of office.

This was committed during his term as Post Fiji Limited chairman.
Mr Patel’s arrest warrant has been extended.

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