3 Feb 2016

Fiji accounting body may refer NFP matter to police

2:01 pm on 3 February 2016

The President of the Fiji Institute of Accountants says the man who audited the National Federation Party may be referred to the police.

Fiji TV director and CEO of Fijian Holdings Nouzab Fareed, right, and acting CEO of Fiji TV, Geoffrey Smith.

The President of the Fiji Institute of Accountants, Nouzab Fareed. Photo: Ricardo Morris / Republika

Nouzab Fareed said there are only 42 accountants in the country with a Certificate of Public Practice, and no one in APNR Partners enjoys that status.

The Supervisor of Elections suspended the NFP, after the FIA was tipped off.

Mr Fareed said there will be an investigation and if deemed serious enough it may be referred to the police.

"Actually he is a member of the Institute, he is a chartered accountant so definitely then we can go back and investigate, because he has deceived the public, because as being a chartered accountant you can't practice as a CPP which means I think he'll need some action, so probably we'll be investigating it further."

FBC reports the Speaker of Parliament is seeking clarification on whether the three MPs can remain in parliament, although the Political Parties Decree makes it clear that any MP of a suspended party shall remain in Parliament until the end of the term.