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No Charges To Be Laid Against Biman Prasad

The police docket was reviewed by the ODPP in the usual manner but our conclusion was that there is insufficient evidence for a reasonable prospect of conviction were the matter to proceed to court.
08 Nov 2022 12:52
No Charges To Be Laid Against Biman Prasad
National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad outside the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Toorak, Suva, on October 26, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, has directed the police not to lay any charges against a politician suspected of indecently annoying a woman on two separate occasions earlier this year following a review of the police evidence docket.

Professor Biman Prasad had been interviewed by police on 26th October 2022 acting on a complaint from a woman that he allegedly indecently annoyed her on two separate occasions earlier this year. He had been granted police bail to appear in court on 15th November 2022 pending the filing of charges.

Mr Pryde said, “The police docket was reviewed by the ODPP in the usual manner but our conclusion was that there is insufficient evidence for a reasonable prospect of conviction were the matter to proceed to court.”

“As part of our review, we analysed the charges proposed by the police as well as other possible charges and available defences. We also noted the representations provided to us by Professor Prasad’s lawyers. As the matter does not meet the evidentiary threshold, police have been directed not to file any charges.”

 

Source: Director of Public Prosecutions

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