Rabuka is free to stand in election
Chief Justice dismisses FICAC appeal
SUVA, Fiji – November 12, 2018: 5.15pm (IB/Nuku’alofa Times): The FICAC appeal against the case of SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka has been rejected by Chief Justice Anthony Gates.
The decision handed down this afternoon means Mr Rabuka can contest Wednesday’s general elections.
FICAC had appealed against the lower court’s decision to acquit Mr Rabuka on charges of making false declarations of his finances to the Supervisor of Elections.
Because of the media blackout currently enforced in the lead up to Wednesday’s polls, SODeLPA cannot publicly advise its supporters of the implications of today’s High Court decision.
Video footage showed hundreds of supporters singing in joy outside the Court House.
Supporters cheered as Mr Rabuka made his way out after the judgement.
Comments on Facebook also praised the CJ’s judgement, with many adding this was a good sign for SODELPA.
SODELPA’s executive members were also present in Court, including the Marama na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa.
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