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Radrodro’s Arrest Of Judgment Motion Hearing On Monday

The hearing on former SODELPA Par­liamentarian Salote Radrodro’s mo­tion in Arrest of Judgment will be heard by the Anti-Corruption High Court on Monday.
17 Sep 2022 11:30
Radrodro’s Arrest Of Judgment Motion Hearing On Monday
Former SODELPA Parliamentarian Salote Radrodro outside the Courthouse in Suva on September 16, 2022. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The hearing on former SODELPA Par­liamentarian Salote Radrodro’s mo­tion in Arrest of Judgment will be heard by the Anti-Corruption High Court on Monday.

Radrodro has been found guilty and con­victed of false information to a public serv­ant and of obtaining financial advantage.

The Court had ruled that Radrodro breached the Parliamentary Remuneration Act of 2014 when she claimed travel and accommodation allowances she was not entitled to amount­ing to $37,921.13 between June 2019 and April 2020.

Radrodro falsely stated to Parliament in a Member of Parliament Declaration Form that her permanent place of residence was in Namulomulo Village, Nabouwalu, Bua, which was 30 kilometres away from the Par­liament enabling her to be entitled to claim travel and accommodation allowances.

In the motion, Radrodro sought for the fol­lowing orders:

-That Radrodro as convicted be discharged from the information upon which the court passed judgment against her on September 6, on the ground that the information as amended did not state any offence which the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court, had power to try for the following reasons:

  • Radrodro as an MP is immune from le­gal proceedings pursuant to Section 3 of the Parliamentary Powers and Privi­leges Act 1965; and
  • Both offences in the information are summary offences triable in the Magis­trates Court Anti-Corruption Division pursuant to Section 2 headed Interpre­tation and Section 4(1)(c) of the Crimi­nal Procedure Act 2009.

-And for any other order the court deemed just and expedient.

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