Bainimarama and Qiliho Imprisoned

Voreqe Bainimarama, the former Prime Minister of Fiji and former Police Commissioner Sitiveni Tukaituraga Qiliho were today sentenced to 1 year and 2 years respectively.

This is after they were found guilty for attempting to pervert the course of justice in a case involving the University of the South Pacific.

The two begin their sentences immediately. Mai TV News followed the vehicle transporting them to Korovou correctional facility where they were processed before beginning their sentence.

Acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo has however directed correction facility officers to carry out a few measures to ensure that Bainimarama’s health needs are catered for. This includes the charging of the battery for his pacemaker machine.

A packed Suva High Court was filled mostly by immediate family members, several Fiji First MP’s and supporters, lawyers and the media when the duo were escorted out in handcuffs.

Supporters waiting expectantly outside the holding cells behind the court house were left waiting after Police officers took the pair out through the front of the main entrance into the court premises.

Defense counsels have 30 days to appeal the sentencing.

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