Nawaikula sentenced

Fijian lawyer and former SODELPA parliamentarian Niko Nawaikula will serve 24 of his 36-month sentence in jail, with the remainder of the term suspended for five years.

He was sentenced in the anti-corruption division of the high court in Suva this morning following his conviction three weeks ago.

In acknowledging Nawaikula’s service and contribution to the country and to his community, the presiding judge also set a minimum term of 18 months of his 24-month custodial sentence to be served before he can be considered for parole.

Nawaikula has been given 30 days to appeal the case.

His conviction and sentencing rule him out of Fiji’s 2022 Election.

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