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Sitiveni Rabuka confident about law and courts in Fiji

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka says he is confident about the law and the courts here. He adds no one is above the law. Mr Rabuka made the remarks yesterday after
27 Oct 2018 13:11
Sitiveni Rabuka confident about law and courts in Fiji
SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka with wife Sulueti Rabuka, lawyers Filimoni Vosarogo (standing second from left), Lynda Tabua (standing right) and supporters after he was acquitted on October 26, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka says he is confident about the law and the courts here.

He adds no one is above the law.

Mr Rabuka made the remarks yesterday after he was acquitted by Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa of a charge relating to his declaration of assets and liabilities.

He said: “We must go through the process of proving our innocence,” if charged with breaching the law.

Mr Rabuka spoke during a press conference with more than 50 supporters and members at the Fijian Teachers Association Hall in Suva.

He was surrounded by his wife, Suluweti Rabuka, children and grandchildren.

Mr Rabuka said: “I am really glad to be here this morning after the verdict which was handed out by the Magistrates Court.

“We must all display and demonstrate that we as citizens of this great country, are prepared to uphold the law.

“I am grateful to my counsels, Lynda Tabuya, Ian Lloyd, Filimoni Vosarogo and also one of the senior counsels in Fiji, Devanesh Sharma.

“I am grateful of all the supporters who have been attending the court case and I am thankful to them for their support, their prayers and confidence.

“I had been confident of the law in Fiji. I am very grateful that we can still at this very difficult time in Fiji look to the court to uphold justice.”

He said he was looking forward to the 2018 General Election.

“There was a time when I could have been taken off. The court had ruled that I can continue so I am there. I am with my team of 50 very capable, able, willing and ready candidates.”

Sitiveni Rabuka's lawyer QC Ian Lloyd.   Photo: Ronald Kumar

Sitiveni Rabuka’s lawyer QC Ian Lloyd.
Photo: Ronald Kumar

Manifesto:

Mr Rabuka will today launch SODELPA’s manifesto at Subrail Park in Labasa at 11am. He said it was the same manifesto that they had launched in Suva.

Deputy Party Leader:

Mr Rabuka assured SODELPA members and supporters that there would not be a deputy party leader.

He said for now there was no need although “the provision is there in the SODELPA constitution.”

SODELPA candidate and Mr Rabuka’s lawyer, Lynda Tabuya said the legal team, made up of herself, lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo and Queen’s Counsel from Sydney, Australia, Ian Lloyd were confident.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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