7 Apr 2014

Conviction could end Fiji Labour leader's political career

3:30 pm on 7 April 2014

An Australian National University expert on Fiji says the conviction against the leader of the Labour Party is his end in politics.

The Fiji High Court has found former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry guilty of breaching the Exchange Control Act.

The court found Chaudhry had invested $1.5 million Australian dollars outside Fiji without informing the Reserve Bank, while he was the Minister of Finance.

He is due to be sentenced on the 1st of May, likely ruling him out as a candidate for this year's election.

Brij Lal from the Australian National University says it will be the end of his political career.

"He will not be able to contest this election because of this impending conviction. This must be a mattter of grief for him given that his once illustrious career has come to an end in this fashion."

Brij Lal of the Australian National University.