24 Oct 2008

Chaudhry drops multi-billion defamation case against Fiji Times

10:03 am on 24 October 2008

The leader of the Fiji Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry, has dropped his defamation case against the Fiji Times.

In March, he lodged the case demanding 660 million US dollars from each of the eight defendants.

He claimed to have been defamed after the newspaper published documents relating to his tax affairs which suggested some irregularities.

At the time, Mr Chaudhry was the interim regime's finance minister and in charge of tax collection.

The paper's publisher, Australian Evan Hannah, was deported after the reports were published.