DPP amends charge against former Fiji PM Bainimarama

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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has amended the charge against former Fiji’s Prime Minister and FijiFirst Leader Voreqe Bainimarama.

Bainimarama appeared before Resident Magistrate Puamau in the Suva Magistrates Court Monday, now charged with one count of Attempt to Pervert the Course of Justice.

It is alleged that sometime between July and September 2020 in Suva, Bainimarama attempted to pervert the course of justice by telling the Commissioner of Police, Sitiveni Qiliho to stay away from the USP investigations.

Also, the suspended Commissioner of Police, Sitiveni Qiliho is alleged to have directed the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department then, Serupepeli Neiko and another officer to terminate the investigation.

The charges relate to a complaint laid with the Police by the University of the South Pacific in July 2019 in relation to the activities of former staff members of the University.

The trial has been set for nine days – from 17- 20 July, 02 -0 August and 08-10 August.

The matter has been adjourned to 06 July for pre-trial conference.

Bail has been extended to Bainimarama.

SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS