Defence to file no case to answer in Bainimarama and Qiliho trial

August 8, 2023 6:25 am

Defence lawyer Devanesh Sharma, Prosecution Witness Serupepeli Neiko and DPP David Toganivalu

The defence lawyer for former Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho will make a submission on Wednesday for a no case to answer.

This after the final prosecution witness took the stand yesterday to testify in the case.

Bainimarama is charged with a count of attempting to pervert the course of justice, while Qiliho is charged with a count of abuse of office.

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The charges stem from a complaint filed by the University of the South Pacific in July 2019 pertaining to the conduct of former staff members.

Defence lawyer Devanesh Sharma says they will give a written copy of the submission for a no-case to the court and to the Director of Public Prosecution.

DPP David Toganivalu, in his reply, says they will make a verbal response.

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