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Yogesh Karan Condemns Opposition Leader Allegations

Sitiveni Rabuka called for Mr Karan to be sacked and there was a need for urgent investigations into allegations of torture and labour and immigration law breaches.
03 Aug 2019 09:58
Yogesh Karan Condemns Opposition Leader Allegations
Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Yogesh Karan

Permanent Secretary in the Office of Prime Minister Yogesh Karan has condemned allegations made by Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka regarding the Grace Road Group.

He said Mr Rabuka was mixed up.

Mr Rabuka while commenting on his party’s Facebook page said it was unfortunate that the Government had turned a “blind eye” to the Grace Road issue which came to light a year ago despite public pressure for information and action to be taken.

He called for Mr Karan to be sacked and there was a need for urgent investigations into allegations of torture and labour and immigration law breaches.

“Now that Korean courts have convicted the founder of Grace Road for offences committed in Fiji, authorities cannot turn a blind eye to the allegations of forced labour, torture, assault and illegal detention,” Mr Rabuka stated.

“And they must act swiftly to protect the human rights of the members of Grace Road, and prosecute those who have broken our laws.

“On 1st August 2018, the Hon. Attorney-General announced that the arrest of the Grace Road founder would not have an impact on the company’s operations in Fiji. Subsequently, the Permanent Secretary, PM’s Office Yogesh Karan announced that there is no reason to investigate Grace Road as it had not breached any laws.

“In 2018, Karan said that he had been through the foreign workers’ records and they were all in the clear. He said 95 per cent of them came to Fiji between 2013 and 2015 and so far none of them have breached their visa conditions. He said there’s no reason for them to be investigated.”

However, speaking from abroad, Mr Karan said that he had made a statement last year about the visa conditions of workers of Grace Road and other matters should be referred to the Police.

“I made similar statements again to Fiji Live which has got its story incorrect, I have written to them,” Mr Karan said.

“My statements were clear last year and I stand by it that the workers of Grace Road have not violated their visa conditions.

“I had not made any comments about its owners because that’s the responsibility of Police regarding the allegations made last year.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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