1 Jul 2014

Chaudhry's lawyer says Fiji's DPP 'interfering' in appeal process

2:10 pm on 1 July 2014

The lawyer for Fiji's Labour Party leader is accusing the director of public prosecutions of interfering with the appeal process by speaking publicly about Mahendra Chaudhry's case.

Christopher Pryde spoke to a Fiji-New Zealand Business Council meeting on Saturday, in which he referred to Chaudhry's case and his reasons for prosecuting.

Chaudhry's lawyer, Anand Singh, says his client's leave for an appeal is in the process of being filed and Mr Pryde should not be talking about the case.

"It has been our case all along that there was an input from the regime in the decision-making process to prosecute Mr Chaudhry and I don't think it is appropriate for Mr Pryde to be going out and trying to justify the prosecution."

Mahendra Chaudhry's lawyer, Anand Singh.

Christopher Pryde has told Radio New Zealand International he did not discuss the merits of the case but only the reasons for prosecution, which he says had no outside influence.

Mr Pryde says the case is not before the courts as Chaudhry is yet to obtain leave from the Court of Appeal.