9 Nov 2022

Fiji opposition leader Prasad escapes charges over complaint

2:28 pm on 9 November 2022
The leader of the Fiji National Federation Party, Biman Prasad.

The leader of the Fiji National Federation Party, Biman Prasad. Photo: RNZ / Sally Round

Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, has instructed the Police not to lay any charges against National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad.

Prasad had been interviewed by police but released on bail to appear in court on November 15 pending the filing of charges, which were not laid.

The NFP leader was called in and interviewed by police last month, but was released on police bail pending charges.

Police were acting on a complaint from a woman who alleged Prasad had indecently annoyed her on two separate occasions earlier this year.

Christopher Pryde ruled that there was insufficient evidence for a reasonable prospect of conviction and that the matter should not proceed to court.

He said they had analysed the charges proposed by the police as well as other possible charges before coming to this conclusion.

In a statement, Prasad said he is pleased the issue has been resolved.

"As I said on October 26th outside CID Headquarters after I was charged and released on bail, I am firmly focused on NFP working with the People's Alliance to win December's elections and form the new government that the people of Fiji so desperately need.

"That is the work our team has got to do, and nothing will distract me from it."