FORMER Fiji prime minister Mahendra Pal Chaudhry has pleaded not guilty to 12 offences relating to money laundering and tax evasion.

Chaudhry’s lawyer, Rajendra Chaudhry, who is also his son, entered the plea on behalf of his father in the Suva High Court today, Radio Fiji reported.

Rajendra Chaudhry also made an application for bail variation, saying his father needed to travel overseas for medical treatment.

Justice Daniel Goundar will rule on the bail variation next Friday.

Chaudhry, Fiji’s first ethnic Indian prime minister, was deposed as prime minister in a nationalist coup in 2000 after being held hostage for 56 days.

He was arrested by Fiji police last week and charged with 12 offences relating to tax evasion and money laundering, which date back to just after the coup.

It is alleged he held up to $400,000 in a Commonwealth Bank of Australia account and $50,000 was given to his daughter in Australia without procedures being followed.

The decree was brought in earlier this year to modernise Fiji’s laws and ensure consistent sentencing is handed down by the courts.


4 Responses to “SUGAR DADDY TO FESS UP”

  1. Cassava Patch Doll Says:

    Hey looks like Tuks is correct in his comment re “INNOCENT ONE DAY GUILTY THE NEXT …… fisistan aaaah”

    As from above: ‘Rajendra Chaudhry told the court his father based his not guilty plea on the provisions of Fiji’s new Crimes Decree.

    The decree was brought in earlier this year to modernise Fiji’s laws and ensure consistent sentencing is handed down by the courts.’

    Looks like they’re still scratching each others kanikani backsides, the illegal pm and the money launderer, birds of a feather till the end.

    How can they look their grandchildren in the face.

  2. Annon. Says:

    Given past form – got serious doubts about this man being allowed to leave Fiji – even for alleged medical reasons.

  3. Puf-Military Says:

    Wonder where butthead buddha and the rest of the fart catchers disappeared too? Memu sici all of them will get what’s coming to them even Piggy and iyarse

  4. Maramanite Says:

    Yeah, every dog has his day, Chaudhry is a racist, who hates anything special for indigenous people, never mind the racist colonial experience they lived under. Underneath his continued harping of good governance, anti poverty, transparency, etc lurked a more sinister villain who actually practised the very things he openly condemned. Even fooled Bainim with his robin hood image. What goes around comes around, let your former boss be warned!

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