6 Jul 2012

Stay application in Fiji's Qarase trial

4:40 pm on 6 July 2012

The lawyer acting for Fiji's ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has applied for a permanent stay on the proceedings begun in the Suva High Court this week.

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

The alleged offences date back to the 1990's before he entered politics.

According to the Fijivillage website, his lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi's application for a stay will be heard in ten days.

She says the application is based on the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

She says this issue is focusing on Mr Qarase's human rights, not just his constitutional rights.