9 Dec 2005

Fiji PM expected to reveal allegations against opponent despite lawsuit

9:11 am on 9 December 2005

Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, will go ahead with a news conference today despite a court writ filed against him by the Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry.

Mr Chaudhry has asked the court to stop Mr Qarase from making any further references to allegations that he and other Labour Party MPs tried to benefit from a US$52 million Indian government loan for the reform of the sugar industry.

Radio Legend reports there are indications that Mr Chaudhry will take further action if the prime minister goes ahead with his media briefing to provide evidence of his allegations.

But Mr Qarase told the radio this morning that only the courts can issue an order to stop him, not the Labour Party leader.

Mr Qarase says he is going ahead with his media briefing of evidence of the allegations against Mr Chaudhry unless there is a court order to restrain him.