3 Jul 2012

High court trial of former Fiji PM put back till Thursday

4:47 am on 3 July 2012

The start of the High Court trial of former Fiji Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, on abuse of office charges has been put back until Thursday this week.

It was due to start today.

Mr Qarase has been charged by Fiji's Independent Commission Against Corruption, with 6 counts of abuse of office and 3 counts of improperly discharging his duty with respect to a property in which he has a private interest.

It is alleged Mr Qarase committed the offences between 1992 and 2000 while a director of Fijian Holdings Limited, financial advisor to the Fijian Affairs Board and advisor to the Great Council of Chiefs.

He has new lawyers, Tupou Draunidalo and Samanunu Vaniqi, and the High Court in Suva has given two days for them to prepare for the trial.

Fiji Live reports that they had sought a two week delay.