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Writ Filed Against Depts

Lawyers for chartered accountant Dr Nur Bano Ali and aliz pacific have filed a writ of summons against the Auditor-General and the Attorney-General. The writ, filed in the High Court
29 Nov 2014 14:00
Writ  Filed Against  Depts

Lawyers for chartered accountant Dr Nur Bano Ali and aliz pacific have filed a writ of summons against the Auditor-General and the Attorney-General.

The writ, filed in the High Court in Suva yesterday by R. Patel Lawyers, refers to the Auditor-General’s Report 2010.

The Auditor-General (First Defendant) and the Attorney-General (Second Defendant) have been given 14 days to inform the court registry whether they will contest the proceedings.

If they fail to state their intention within 14 days, R. Patel Lawyers will proceed with the action.

Court documents show that the plaintiffs say the defamatory statements in the 2010 Audit Report and the various media articles that have been written go beyond fair comment and are malicious and designed specifically to impugn their character and reputations.

The statements “have brought the plaintiffs into hatred, ridicule and contempt and they have suffered damages as a result.”

The plaintiffs say they have also lost clients who were interested in using their services but have decided not to invest as a result of the image painted by the 2010 Audit Report.

They say the Fiji Government did not in fact pay $562,500 to aliz pacific as consultancy fees. Also the Government’s procedures pertaining to procurement of services were not breached, they say.

The Auditor-General, Tevita Bolanavanua, said yesterday he was in the West and had not seen the writ.

Comments have also been sought from the Attorney-General’s office.

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