SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka will no longer need to inform the court and FICAC if he has to travel out of Suva.
This comes after Suva Magistrate Joji Boseiwaqa approved an application by Rabuka’s lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo to drop the bail conditions whereby Rabuka had to report to court and FICAC if he had to travel outside.
The application to have the bail condition dropped was approved by the Suva Magistrates Court this morning.
Defence lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo asked the court to drop the condition as Rabuka’s work frequently requires him to travel outside of Suva on short notices.
Vosarogo said that Rabuka has been persistent and reporting to Police station as part of his bail conditions.
FICAC lawyer Rashmi Aslam had no objections to the application.
Rabuka is charged by FICAC in relation to the declaration of his assets and liabilities as required under the Political Parties Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures Act.
It is alleged that Rabuka made a false declaration of assets and liabilities to the Supervisor of Elections by failing to provide information namely, the tax liability with Fiji Revenue and Customs Service in the amount of $316,956, the investment and interest income with Raghwan Construction Limited in the amount of $200,000 and $16,000 respectively and the liability with Raghwan Construction in the amount of $120,000, contrary to the Political Parties Act.
Meanwhile in his pre-trial conference, the Defence requested four orders and FICAC has agreed to respond to it in writing.
The matter has been adjourned to next Monday.