24 Oct 2015

Fiji AG says there was no decree breach

9:06 am on 24 October 2015

Fiji's attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says he has been cleared of any breach of the decree on declaring assets and income.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told FBC News that the findings follow a thorough assessment by the anti-corruption body, FICAC, which itself is yet to release its decision.

Fiji Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum

Fiji Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum Photo: RNZI / Vosita Kotoiwasawasa

His comment is the first since the opposition lodged a complaint with FICAC, the Electoral Commission and the police earlier this month, alleging he failed to declare the proper value of a property he owns near Nadi.

There has been no decision yet from the Electoral Commission or the police.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the property in question is owned by the company Midlife Investment Limited and not by him.

According to the website Fijileaks, Midlife Investment Limited shares an address with Mr Sayed-Khaiyum but is no longer in the publicly accessible company register.

Under the decree, politicians who make false declarations are liable to fines of 50,000 Fiji dollars or up to 10 years in jail, or both.

In last year's election, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, who is also the general secretary of the ruling FijiFirst Party, won the third largest number of votes.

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Photo: RNZI Sally Round

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