7 May 2015

Failed Fiji Casino operator to appeal court ruling

6:39 pm on 7 May 2015

One Hundred Sands Limited plans to appeal a recent High Court judgement in Fiji that found the Government's decision to revoke its casino licence was legal and justified.

Fiji's failed casino site.

Fiji's failed casino site. Photo: One Hundred Sands

In February, the Government revoked the 15-year exclusive gaming licence it had issued to the One Hundred Sands casino resort project in 2011, after several delays.

The company then applied for a judicial review but the High Court said the Attorney General's decision to revoke the licence was legally correct, justified and followed correct procedure.

One Hundred Sands' lawyer Devanesh Sharma says he is seeking leave to appeal that decision and is waiting for a court date.

Mr Sharma says his client is particularly concerned about the procedures used to cancel the licence and believes a judicial review is justified.

The US$290 million project was supposed to have been operational in 2013 and accumulated US$1.1 million in fines imposed by the government after failing to get off the ground.

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