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Wasn’t me: Faizal Koya on A-G’s allegations

The National Federation Party (NFP) vice president, Faizal Koya has refuted allegations that he made remarks against the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum attacking him on his religion. “I wish right from
27 Oct 2018 13:22
Wasn’t me: Faizal Koya on A-G’s  allegations
From left: Michael Shankaran, National Federation Party's vice president Faizal Koya and Rajesh Raju during the press conference at the NFP Office in Lautoka on October 26, 2018. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

The National Federation Party (NFP) vice president, Faizal Koya has refuted allegations that he made remarks against the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum attacking him on his religion.

“I wish right from the outset to say that this is a total lie and fabrication unsubstantiated purely to once again mislead the public and create adverse publicity to NFP and me personally as a candidate,” he said.

“It is sad and disappointing for me that Mr Sayed-Khaiyum being the chief legal officer of this nation without verifying, consulting and thoroughly investigating these allegations has defamed me in public.

“Alternatively, he could have verified and had the luxury to consult and confirm with his fellow Cabinet Minister and Minister of Tourism and Trade in respect of upbringing which dictates in the manner we were taught to behave and utter words as he stated in his speech.

Mr Koya added he has reported the matter to the Police and the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) including the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum had said during campaign meetings that he was informed by someone in Togomasi that Mr Koya had said he being a Muslim was holding onto many portfolios in Government.

A Togomasi resident, Sashi Chand Prakash, also came forward and made similar allegations against Mr Koya.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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