Acting CJ to hear appeal

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Voreqe Bainimarama, right, shares a light moment with, from left, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, lawyer Gul Fatima, Mary Bainimarama, lawyer Devanesh Sharma and daughter Ateca Whippy outside the High Court in Suva yesterday. Inset: Sitiveni Qiliho. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo will preside over the appeal against the acquittal case of former prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama and suspended police commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho on December 4.

The matter was called yesterday before Justice Pita Bulamainaivalu in the High Court.

Defence counsel Devanesh Sharma told the court they would file a preliminary application regarding the appeal against the acquittal by acting Director of Public Prosecutions John Rabuku.

Mr Sharma told the court Mr Rabuku had previously represented Mr Qiliho during his caution interview at the CID headquarters, adding that this was a technical issue.

He did not object to the court records of the trial that were presented to him in court, adding they were comprehensive, thorough and that he needed time to go through them.

Mr Bainimarama was charged with one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice while Mr Qiliho was charged with one count of abuse of office.

Both were found not guilty and acquitted by the Suva Magistrate’s Court on October 12.

The matter will be called before the Acting Chief Justice at 10am on December 4.