21 Oct 2013

March trial for Fiji's Chaudhry

6:47 am on 21 October 2013

A trial date has been set for the former Fiji prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, who is accused of breaching the Exchange Control Act between 2000 and 2006.

The high court has scheduled March the 31st for the trial to begin.

In 2008, when Mr Chaudhry was the interim government's finance minister, a special committee cleared him of all accusations of tax evasion.

Half a year later, Mr Chaudhry sued the Fiji Times for five billion US dollars for defamation for reporting his alleged breaches.

In 2010, two years after he had quit the interim regime, he was charged with tax evasion and money laundering.