Weight off Rabuka’s shoulders

Leader of Opposition, Sitiveni Rabuka with his lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo after the case was dismised at the Suva Magistrate court yesterday.Picture:ATU RASEA

“THE case had been a shackle to my feet, chain around my neck and a heavyweight on my finances.”

These were the sentiments shared by Opposition leader and Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka after the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) decided to discontinue the proceedings against him at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Mr Rabuka was charged with one count of breach of bail.

He appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa.

He was accused of breaching his bail condition by approaching or interfering with witnesses connected with a case he was acquitted of earlier. After the withdrawal by FICAC, Mr Rabuka said he was glad to be free.

“I feel delighted. “I must thank FICAC for deciding to terminate the proceedings after the main case was dismissed by the courts,” Mr Rabuka said.

“It is great to be free again and I encourage those who are free to stay free and those tempted to do something against the law, not to do it.”

He said he knew his defence counsel Filimoni Vosarogo had written to the FICAC prosecutor suggesting that because the principal case had been dismissed by the courts, that they should consider withdrawing the case.

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