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FICAC Responds To Claims By Rabuka’s Lawyer

Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) will not be responding to social media claims by lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo about Court procedures. Mr Vosarogo, who was in Social Democratic Liberal Party
30 Oct 2018 13:29
FICAC Responds To Claims By Rabuka’s Lawyer
Filimoni Vosarogo

Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) will not be responding to social media claims by lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo about Court procedures.

Mr Vosarogo, who was in Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka’s legal team, had posted on his Facebook page that FICAC had served the petition of appeal against Mr Rabuka’s acquittal to his firm at 3:05pm on Friday instead of serving Mr Rabuka who is the respondent.

He further stated that FICAC had briefed the media about the appeal and disclosed the grounds of appeal.

Mr Vosarogo said procedurally FICAC has defaulted and widely sensationalised their appeal on “purported” grounds of fact and law.

He said the turn of events defied the long-standing tradition of the bar that parties disclose their case in court and the media, should they so wish, report it during proceedings.

“The fact that FICAC has decided to grandstand their appeal on the day they filed their appeal smacks of mala fide,” Mr Vosarogo posted.

“Their actions invite prejudice on the matter and questions their motive even before the case is called in court.”

“I understand if they so choose to appeal. But to try and get media attention on it before the court date is bad practice and bad bar attitude.”

“It is an attempt to prejudice the case before it has seen the light of its first call in an open court.”

FICAC in an emailed response sent on Monday stated: “FICAC does not respond to claims on social media. However, it will be addressed if it is brought up in the appeal as an issue.”

Mr Rabuka’s case will be called before the Chief Justice Anthony Gates at 3.30pm today

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