Nauru’s Pres­i­dent in court next month

Fiji Sun - - World News - RNZI

A Nauru court has ad­journed a hear­ing on whether the Pres­i­dent, Baron Waqa, was cor­rectly served a pe­ti­tion against his elec­tion in July.

The pe­ti­tioner, Dale Ce­cil, was in court on Wednes­day and said the mag­is­trate heard rea­sons from both sides over whether Mr Ce­cil had served the pe­ti­tion on Mr Waqa ac­cord­ing to the rules. Mr Ce­cil ac­cuses Mr Waqa of bribery, treat­ing and break­ing ad­ver­tis­ing laws on elec­tion day. He said the mat­ter had been ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 4.. The regis­trar of the Supreme Court, Fil­imone Ji­toko had con­firmed pe­ti­tions re­gard­ing three sep­a­rate con­stituen­cies would be heard by the court, but only af­ter this mat­ter had been set­tled. Mr Waqa won the Boe con­stituency with 246 votes, while Mr Ce­cil won 144. Mr Ce­cil said his pen­sion had been cut off, and in Par­lia­ment this week the Gov­ern­ment de­nied it was be­cause of his elec­tion pe­ti­tion. He said the gov­ern­ment ac­cused him of “dou­ble-dip­ping” for claim­ing a pen­sion and work­ing as a le­gal pleader, but he said he had not yet for­mally ap­plied to be a pleader.

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