16 May 2013

Chaudhry's stay application dismissed by Fiji high court

10:30 am on 16 May 2013

A stay application by Fiji's former Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has been dismissed by the High Court in Suva.

In making his ruling today Justice Paul Madigan said defense submitted nothing new to the court to back the application for Stay of Proceedings on the basis of abuse of process.

Fiji Live reported Justice Madigan saying the applicant had failed to demonstrate that the proceedings are "vexatious or oppressive to the extent that this is a truly exceptional situation that would allow him to succeed."

Chaudhry had made the stay application on the grounds that there was abuse of process and the three offences he has charged with against the Exchange Control Act are not known offences in the Fijian Law

He faces three counts of violating tax laws dating back to a case brought in 2010 when he was charged with tax evasion and money laundering.

However in 2008 when Mr Chaudhry was the post-coup regime's finance minister, a special committee cleared him of all accusations of tax evasion