20 Oct 2015

Fiji opposition say complaint against AG has been received

7:27 pm on 20 October 2015

Fiji's opposition leader says she has received confirmation from the Supervisor of Elections and the police that complaints against the Attorney-General have been received.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General Photo: RNZ / Republika

Ro Teimumu Kepa lodged a complaint against Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, who she alleges made a false declaration of his assets in the lead up to last year's election.

She says she has a letter from the Supervisor of Elections to FICAC Deputy Commissioner about the matter.

All election candidates were required by law to declare their assets, and Mr Sayed Khaiyum's sworn statement included a property in Nadi to the value of $80,000 Fiji dollars.

However the opposition claims it has proof the property was sold in 2006 for $100,000 Fiji dollars.

She says a nearby property of the same size was sold in 2010 for $170,000 Fiji dollars.

Ro Teimumu Kepa says she expects such an important matter of public interest to be treated with urgency.

Opposition wants resignation

The Opposition has gone as far as calling for the resignation of the Minister of Finance after laying the complaint with the Supervisor of Elections and FICAC.

Ro Teimumu Kepa says she is also disturbed by the lack of action on a police case against Mr Sayed-Khaiyum filed by the a former Fiji TV executive Tanya Waqanika.

In February Ms Waqanika presented police with a paper trail of emails that purported to show Mr Sayed-Khaiyum threatened the Fiji TV board if it didn't agree to the Government's stance over rugby broadcasting rights.

Ro Teimumu says the Minister is known for taking speedy action against people he wishes to prosecute through the agencies under his many portfolios, including some members of the Opposition.

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Photo: RNZI Sally Round

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