Former Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama and Sitiveni Qiliho with supporters outside Suva court : Photo Fiji Village

Suva Magistrate Seini Puamau has acquitted former Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama of charges related to perverting the course of justice.

The man who ruled Fiji for 16 years was facing allegations he interfered in a police investigation into the University of the South Pacific (USP).

Puamau asserted that the State failed to establish a compelling case against the former Prime Minister, particularly in proving allegations that he had advised former Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho to cease an ongoing investigation involving USP.

Additionally, Qiliho, who faced charges in connection with this case, has also been declared not guilty by Puamau.

These charges were initially triggered by a complaint lodged by the University of the South Pacific (USP) in July 2019, centered on the behaviour of former staff members.