4 Apr 2013

Fiji's former PM Laisenia Qarase released from prison

10:51 am on 4 April 2013

Fiji's former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase was released from prison yesterday having served seven months of his sentence.

Qarase was sentenced to 12-months imprisonment by the High Court last year on charges related to abuse of office. He was eligible for parole after seven months.

Qarase was found guilty on nine charges of abusing his office and failing to perform his duties as a public servant some 20 years ago, in the early 1990s.

Court documents said he failed to disclose a private investment interest in three companies that he was helping to manage in an official capacity.

Qarase's wife Leba told Fiji Live they are delighted to have him home.

Qarase who was supposed to be released on Tuesday was jailed on 3 August.

He is currently appealing against his sentence of 12 months imprisonment and his conviction and is now eligible for parole after serving seven months in prison.