#117 QARASE FOUND GUILTY

Bad news: Laisenia Qarase (Photo:Radio Australia)

Momentous events in Suva as Fiji’s deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, is found guilty on all nine charges in his corruption trial. Here’s a link to the story from the Fiji Village website. The three assessors took just two hours to return their verdict and High Court judge Justice Priyantha Fernando will give his judgement tomorrow. Under Fijian law, the assessors give their recommendation on the case but the judge is not bound to accept it. However, if Justice Fernando does endorse the verdict, Qarase – the head of the SDL party – will be prevented from standing for the 2014 election. He’ll be barred from political office for ten years.