16 Jan 2017

Ratu Isoa trial continues this week in Fiji

1:32 pm on 16 January 2017

The trial of suspended Fiji opposition MP Ratu Isoa Tikoca is continuing today in Suva over a US$45,000 debt he allegedly owes for his son's education.

Ratu Isoa Tikoca

Ratu Isoa Tikoca Photo: Fiji Parliament

Ratu Isoa is on trial in the Suva Magistrates Court for failing to declare his liabilities before the election in 2014.

It's alleged he didn't declare debts to the government which he incurred during his time as Fiji's High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.

Last week the Defence Minister Ratu Inoka Kubuabola confirmed to the court he had recommended Ratu Isoa send his son to school in Australia and briefed him on the allowance system.

Ratu Inoke was previously Fiji's High Commissioner in Port Moresby and had educated his daughter in Australia.

The Fiji Sun reports Ratu Isoa was accused of lying over salary deductions for the fees.

Ratu Isoa told the court he does not owe the government any money as he had paid outstanding amounts.

He said there had been an administration problem which he later rectified.

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