5 Apr 2013

Fiji's Qarase keeping options open

7:36 pm on 5 April 2013

The former Fiji prime minister Laisenia Qarase is not ruling out a return to politics.

Mr Qarase who was ousted from power in 2006 is now home with his family after his release from prison on Wednesday.

He served eight months of a year-long sentence convicted on fraud charges.

Mr Qarase says he is keeping his options open.

"There is a blot on my name now so to speak. I don't know whether it will prevent me. I will have to find that out later after speaking with my lawyers. I will leave the decision making to a later time. Right now I want to relax a bit."