COURT: MP GUILTY OF BREACHES

NFP mem­ber Prem Singh ‘shows a com­plete dis­re­gard for com­pli­ance with his le­gal obli­ga­tions,’ says Jus­tice Sa­pu­vida

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The High Court in Lau­toka has found Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Prem Singh to have breached the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties (Reg­is­tra­tion, Con­duct, Fund­ing and Dis­clo­sures) De­cree 2013.

It has also found that Singh breached cur­rency con­trols by tak­ing up to AU$50,000 (FJ$78,724.24) out of Fiji. These were dis­closed dur­ing a civil ac­tion be­tween Singh and his brother Ra­jend Singh over prop­er­ties that the two were dis­put­ing.

The mat­ter was held be­fore Jus­tice R S S Sa­pu­vida who in his rul­ing found that Singh had made false dec­la­ra­tion in the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties de­cree by un­der declar­ing value of es­tate held in Nadi. While Singh de­clared $2.26 mil­lion as the value of the es­tate, ev­i­dence given in court re­vealed that it was worth about $5mil­lion. In his judg­ment which was made on 6 Septem­ber, Jus­tice Sa­pu­vida said: “The con­duct of the sec­ond de­fen­dant (Singh) in breach­ing the cur­rency con­trols by tak­ing AU$50,000 in case out of Fiji as tes­ti­fied by PW6- at least $25,000 has been taken out of Fiji by the 2nd de­fen­dant (Singh) and in mak­ing a false dec­la­ra­tion un­der the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties (Reg­is­tra­tion, Con­duct, Fund­ing and Dis­clo­sures) De­cree 2013 shows a com­plete dis­re­gard for com­pli­ance with his le­gal obli­ga­tions.” Dur­ing the hear­ing of the mat­ter, Singh’s sis­ter-in-law gave ev­i­dence that in 2005 he ar­rived into Aus­tralia with AU$50,000 and opened a bank ac­count at ANZ Bank Hallam, Vic­to­ria in Aus­tralia. She later re­ceived AU$25,000 from Singh at a later date.

Singh’s brother who is hos­pi­talised in Aus­tralia could not be present in court dur­ing the hear­ing.

In the civil mat­ter, Jus­tice Sa­pu­vida ruled in favour of Singh’s brother.

NFP MP Prem Singh

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