8 Aug 2014

Chaudhry's lawyer confident appeal will be upheld

7:25 pm on 8 August 2014

The lawyer representing the leader of Fiji's Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry, says he's confident his client's appeal will be upheld.

The former prime minister has filed seven grounds of appeal against his conviction for breaches of the Exchange Control Act.

Chaudhry's lawyer, Anand Singh says that after two days of hearings in the Court of Appeal, they are now awaiting the judgement, which is expected next week.

Mr Singh says if the appeal is upheld, Chaudhry will be able to run for parliament.

"If we are to succeed, and we are hoping that the judgement will be delivered next week. In the event the appeal is allowed, Mr Chaudhry would then be free to contest the elections."

Anand Singh says his legal team has presented strong evidence that the High Court had erred in law in making its decision to find Chaudhry guilty.