# QARASE SENTENCE – NEWS FLASH

Guilty: Laisenia Qarase (Photo: Fiji Sun)

Fiji’s deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has been sentenced to a jail term of 12 months after being convicted earlier in the week on corruption charges. He was pronounced guilty on six counts of abuse of office and three counts of discharge of duty with respect to a property in which he had a private interest. The charges related to the period before he became prime minister when he was a director of Fijian Holdings Limited,  a company set up to advance indigenous enterprise. Qarase was accused of benefiting either family companies or those representing the interests of communities in his home province of Lau. The sentence comes at the end of a month- long trial in the High Court in Suva before Sri Lankan judge Justice Priyantha Fernando.