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Firm Contests Licence Revocation

One Hundred Sands Limited has taken the Government to court after their licence to set up and operate Fiji’s first casino was revoked in February this year. The revocation of
10 Apr 2015 11:21
Firm Contests Licence Revocation

One Hundred Sands Limited has taken the Government to court after their licence to set up and operate Fiji’s first casino was revoked in February this year.

The revocation of the company’s licence for the construction of the $290 million casino and resort on Denarau came after it allegedly failed to comply with conditions of the licence.

The construction work was to have started in 2012.

Suva lawyer Devanesh Sharma, representing One Hundred Sands, said in the High Court that the decision by the Government was made after the first sitting of Parliament.

He argued that it was his understanding that under the 2013 Constitution only executive decisions made between December 5, 2006, and the first sitting of Parliament in October last year could not be challenged.

However, Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma argued in his submission that the Constitution stated that this matter could not be challenged because the Gaming Decree came into place in 2009.

He said the interpretation by One Hundred Sands’ lawyer was incorrect because they were seeking leave to move for a judicial review on the minister’s decision.

He submitted that the High Court did not have jurisdiction to hear the matter.

A judgment on the issue will be given on April 24.

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