Former AG ordered to surrender passport

November 16, 2023 9:40 am

Former Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum [File Photo]

The Magistrates Court has ordered that former Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum surrender his passport to the Criminal Court Registry by January 15th, 2024.

Sayed-Khaiyum, currently in Singapore for medical treatment faces abuse of office charges.

During the hearing before Magistrate Waleen George, Sayed-Khaiyum’s counsel Devanesh Sharma asserted his client’s inability to return to Fiji immediately, citing a planned return by the end of December.

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Sharma requested a pre-trial conference date in January.

However, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Elizabeth Rice informed the court of the prosecution’s lack of access to Sayed-Khaiyum’s medical records and the absence of updates on the medical procedure he underwent.

Questions were raised about the former AG’s passport, with the defence confirming ownership of only a Fijian passport.

The court directed both counsels to submit bail variation considerations.

The case is scheduled to be called on January 16 next year.