11 May 2011

Fiji appeal court president accused of bias in Post Fiji case

2:28 pm on 11 May 2011

Fiji's anti-corruption body has reportedly accused the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice William Marshall, of bias and is seeking his recusal in the case of two former top Post Fiji officials.

According to the Fijivillage website, the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption has filed an application so that Justice Marshall will no longer be involved in the case of former Post Fiji Chairman, Mahendra Patel, and former Post Fiji Managing Director, Peni Mau.

The application wants him disqualified from taking part in the bail application pending appeal, the appeal hearing and any future matters arising out of the trial of the two.

FICAC says it has received credible information to substantiate alleged reasonable apprehension of bias.

The two were jailed last month for abuse of office.