Crime & Court

Fiji Rugby Union Files Strike Out Application On Maya’s Allegations

The application filed included the documents related to the Certificate of Incorporation of the Fiji Rugby Football Union, the Constitution of the Fiji Rugby Football Union and the Fiji Rugby 2020 Skipper Cup Terms of Participation.
29 Nov 2020 09:10
Fiji Rugby Union Files Strike Out Application On Maya’s Allegations
Naitasiri Under-19 rugby lock Keresi Maya outside the High Court in Suva on November 3, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar.

The Fiji Rugby Union yesterday filed a strike out application in the case brought to the Civil High Court by Naitasiri Under-19 rugby lock, Keresi Maya.

Maya is currently facing a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm. The case is before the Magistrates Court in Nausori.

It is alleged that Maya on August 29, punched the referee, Peni Talemaivavalgi, during the match between Naitasiri and Tailevu at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.

Maya claimed that the judicial proceedings held on September 3 and sanction delivered on September 4 against him had breached various sections of the FRU Skipper Cup and Fare brother Challenge Terms of Participation 2020.

He claims that there was no properly accredited or qualified site commissioner for the match and that FRU did not follow the proper processes.

He also claimed that the judicial decisions were to be made by the tournament director and was to adhere to all World Rugby Regulations 17 guidelines.

He also claimed that a player who was dissatisfied with the tournament director’s decision or sanction, had the right to have his appeal heard by an appointed World Rugby accredited Judicial Officer.

Maya in his originating summon claimed that under the terms of participation, judicial decisions are to be made by the tournament director, and as a player who is dissatisfied with the tournament director’s decision or sanction, he has the right to have his appeal heard by an appointed World Rugby accredited judicial officer.

However, in his case, FRU conducted the hearing before the judicial officer who according to the Terms of Participation has the jurisdiction only to hear appeals.

In the Criminal High Court, Maya’s counsel, Simione Valenitabua, filed an application for three additional documents to be included in the case before the High Court in Suva.

The matter was called before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe, however, Maya was not present in court.

The application filed included the documents related to the Certificate of Incorporation of the Fiji Rugby Football Union, the Constitution of the Fiji Rugby Football Union and the Fiji Rugby 2020 Skipper Cup Terms of Participation.

Mr Valenitabua told the court that the application was something new which came about after the last mention date.

Justice Rajasinghe allowed the application.

The matter has been adjourned to January 20, 2021 for hearing.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

 

 



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