‘Decision will further divide country’

Opposition members Pio Tikoduadua (left) and Professor Biman Prasad during a parliament sitting. Picture: FT FILE/RAMA

THE National Federation Party says the decision not to prosecute Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will further divide the country.

Party leader Professor Biman Prasad called on Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde to issue his legal reasons for his decision not to proceed on NFP President Pio Tikoduadua’s police complaint that the PM had assaulted him outside Parliament.

“The DPP has said that there was sufficient evidence to charge the PM for assault,” Professor Prasad said.

He said if the DPP was correct, then anyone in Fiji who punched a workmate and was disciplined by their superiors could no longer be prosecuted for assault – because that could be classified as “double jeopardy”.

“The legal issues are not complicated.

More in today’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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