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A-G’s Chambers Seeks Jail Term For New Zealand Lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry

Lawyer from the A-G’s Chambers, Preetika Prasad, told the court that there was a need to deter the offender and the would-be offenders of similar acts and the sentence must act as a deterrent reflecting the seriousness of the matter.
26 Apr 2019 10:10
A-G’s Chambers Seeks Jail Term For New Zealand Lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry
Rajendra Chaudhry

The Attorney-General’s Chambers is seeking a jail term of three years, $50,000 fine and court costs in the case against New Zealand lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry.

The sentencing submission in the contempt of the court matter against Mr Chaudhry was made at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The matter was called before Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar.

Chaudhry has been found guilty of contempt of court. Yesterday, both parties filed submissions. His sentencing has been put on notice.

Lawyer from the A-G’s Chambers, Preetika Prasad, told the court that there was a need to deter the offender and the would-be offenders of similar acts and the sentence must act as a deterrent reflecting the seriousness of the matter.

She told the court that the respondent (Chaudhry) had showed no remorse, did not intend to have an early guilty plea, and did not file any affidavits in the matter.

Ms Prasad said the court had no doubt at all that the Facebook posts were made by Chaudhry to target to weaken the democracy and judiciary system in Fiji.

Chaudhry had made defamatory comments on Facebook against the outgoing Chief Justice Anthony Gates, Justice Yohan Liyanage, and the Fijian Judiciary as a whole between September and October, 2018.

On behalf of the Attorney-General the Fijian Solicitor-General had filed a notice of motion on October 19, 2018, to seek the order of committal against Chaudhry for contempt of court and that he be committed to prison, be ordered to pay a fine and pay costs of on these proceedings on an indemnity basis.

Chaudhry’s lawyer Anand Singh filed an affidavit of brief submission.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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