2 Aug 2012

Conviction of Fiji's Qarase described as victory for regime

10:30 am on 2 August 2012

The prosecution of Fiji's last democratically elected Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, is being described as a victory for the current regime.

Mr Qarase has been found guilty of nine counts of corruption-related charges, dating back to the 1990s, and will find out on Friday whether he is to be jailed.

The recently retired defence lawyer Peter Williams QC works in Fiji and says Mr Qarase and Mahendra Chaudhry were to unite against the interim regime.

"Those two people are going to join forces, and of course it's a great victory for the present government to be able to smear these people and possibly to be able to stop them from standing."