2 Apr 2014

Chaudhry trial to open in Fiji

4:49 am on 2 April 2014

The trial of the Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, is due to open in the Supreme Court today on charges of breaching the Exchange Control Act.

The alleged breaches by the former prime minister occurred between 2000 and 2010.

Walter Zweifel reports.

Four assessors have been sworn in after Mr Chaudhry's repeated stay applications failed and the judge refused to recuse himself.

The first accusations date back to last decade but in 2008, when Mr Chaudhry was the interim government's finance minister, a special committee cleared him of all accusations of tax evasion.

In 2010, two years after he had quit the Bainimarama regime, he was charged with tax evasion and money laundering.