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PM apologises while Tikoduadua suspended for 6 months after refusing to apologise

PM apologises while Tikoduadua suspended for 6 months after refusing to apologise

By Fijivillage
Friday 18/10/2019

No charges will be laid against the PM - Pryde (Thursday 17/10/2019)

By: Vijay Narayan 

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde has decided that no charges will be laid against Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama in relation to allegations that he assaulted a Member of Parliament, Pio Tikoduadua in the parliamentary precincts on 9th August this year.

Pryde says under section 73 of the Constitution, Parliament has the power to discipline members of Parliament. He says those powers are further particularised under the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act 1965 which provides for the prosecution of offences such as assault committed by one member against another member.

Pryde says under section 20 of that Act, a person found guilty by Parliament for the offence of assault is liable to a fine of $400 or to imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or both.

He says as the altercation occurred within the precincts of Parliament, the Speaker exercised his authority and referred the matter to the Privileges Committee to hear evidence of the matter and to make findings on the allegation.

The DPP says those findings were accepted by Parliament which then endorsed and implemented a penalty.

Pryde says the constitutional separation of powers doctrine applies to prevent the courts and the executive from interfering with a decision made by Parliament in the exercise of its constitutional authority.

He says, therefore, as the matter has now been dealt with by the Parliamentary Privileges Committee and those findings and recommendations have been accepted by Parliament, it would not be in the public interest for a second hearing to take place before the judiciary in the criminal courts.

Pryde says this would, in effect, be subjecting the Prime Minister to double jeopardy contrary to section 14 (1) (b) of the Constitution after his matter has already been adjudicated on by the Privileges Committee and a decision made by Parliament after hearing the evidence from witnesses.

The DPP says had the matter not been heard by the Privileges Committee and dealt with by Parliament, there was sufficient evidence for the matter to proceed to court.

Pryde says for these reasons, there will be no further action on this file and the matter is now closed.

The police docket has been returned to the police.

 

Investigation file regarding report of assault by Tikoduadua is now with the DPP (Sunday 13/10/2019)

By: Dhanjay Deo

Acting Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu says the investigation file regarding the report of assault lodged by National Federation Party President, Pio Tikoduadua is now with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He says the file was handed over on Friday for independent legal advice.

Tudravu says they will make further comments once a decision is made by the Office of the DPP.

Tikoduadua had lodged a complaint with the Police that the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama had allegedly threatened and assaulted him outside parliament in August this year.

 

NFP lodges application to march on Fiji Day for Tikoduadua (Saturday 05/10/2019)

By: Semi Turaga

The National Federation Party says it has lodged an application for a permit to march next Thursday on Fiji Day to highlight the continuous delay in the conclusion of the investigation into the alleged assault of NFP President Pio Tikoduadua by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

In a statement, NFP General Secretary Seni Nabou says the permit application was lodged with the Divisional Police Commander Southern on Wednesday.

She says the application to Police is for a permit to allow a maximum of 5,000 NFP members and supporters to march through Suva City from Rodwell Road to Constitution Avenue.

Nabou says they have also written to the Fiji Roads Authority seeking permission to use the route from Rodwell Road to Constitution Avenue next Thursday.

On the 23rd of last month, Police advised Tikoduadua that the Director of Public Prosecutions has returned the investigation file of Tikoduadua’s complaint that he was allegedly assaulted by the Prime Minister on August 9th this year.

The DPP has directed that Police should conduct a further investigation. 

 

Police advise Tikoduadua that DPP has returned investigation file of Tikoduadua's complaint (Tuesday 24/09/2019)

By: Vijay Narayan

Police have advised National Federation Party President, Pio Tikoduadua that the Director of Public Prosecutions has returned the investigation file of Tikoduadua’s complaint that he was allegedly assaulted by the Prime Minister on August 9th this year.

In a letter sent by the Chief of Intelligence, Investigations, and Prosecutions, ACP Vakacegu Toduadua to Pio Tikoduadua, Police advised him that the file was sent to the DPP for his analysis yesterday morning.

ACP Toduadua says the DPP has directed that Police should conduct a further investigation.

The letter was posted on NFP’s facebook page late yesterday.

Police have said that all updates of the case will be provided to Tikoduadua.

 

Tikoduadua claims second incident with PM not captured in video circulating on Facebook (Saturday 10/08/2019)

By: Dhanjay Deo and Gulsher Ali

National Federation Party President Pio Tikoduadua claims that the video that has emerged on Facebook regarding the incident between the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and him, does not show the second time the Prime Minister allegedly verbally assaulted him and used undignified language. 

Tikoduadua made this comment while speaking at NFP’s Annual General Meeting in Lautoka today.

Tikoduadua has alleged that this incident happened when he was on the green carpet on the entrance of the parliamentary premises as he was on his way back to Parliament House to report to the Speaker on what had happened.

Tikoduadua says he responded to Bainimarama in passing that he should look at himself and his actions as Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, Tikoduadua says he no longer has to defend his honour against false lies levelled against him when he reported a violation of his parliamentary privilege as an MP on 9th August this year.

Tikoduadua told members of the party today that he was allegedly assaulted physically, verbally and mentally by the Prime Minister.

Tikoduadua says his pre scheduled appointment on August 12th with the Speaker of Parliament was suddenly cancelled as he was on his way to see him. 

Tikoduadua has also told about 100 NFP members today that they are not sure about the safety of other opposition members at Parliament as he claims Bainimarama has also verbally assaulted a SODELPA member.

He says these are all telling symptoms of the state of Fiji’s affairs and it is not a hopeful one.

Tikoduadua has been re-elected as NFP’s President after running unopposed at the party’s AGM.

Seni Nabou has been elected as NFP’s new General Secretary. 

 

Video footage of outside parliament on August 9th widely circulated on Facebook while Police continue investigations - (Satuday 24/08/19)

By: Vijay Narayan


Screenshot showing Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and National Federation Party President Pio Tikoduadua outside parliament on August 9th this year

A video has now emerged on Facebook regarding the incident between the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and National Federation Party President Pio Tikoduadua outside parliament on August 9th this year.

Tikoduadua has told Fijivillage that although the video has emerged, he has no update from Police on the actual investigation.

He says NFP has written to the Police asking for an update on his complaint that he was allegedly physically assaulted by the Prime Minister however there has been no communication with him at all.

The video shows Bainimarama walking to Tikoduadua and holding his blazer for at least 2 seconds.

Bainimarama is then seen speaking to him however the audio cannot be heard clearly.

The Prime Minister has not said anything after the emergence of the video.

Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho had earlier told Fijivillage that he will not say anything publicly as Police always deals directly with the complainants and this will be the same for this case.

Qiliho has only said that Police investigations continue.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has already said that the government will let due process take it’s course in relation to the allegation by Pio Tikoduadua against the Prime Minister as Tikoduadua has reported the matter to the Police.

Sayed-Khaiyum says no one should become the judge and jury, and let the investigation take it’s course as there are facts which are in dispute.

This is the Coup Fourpointfive video being circulated on Facebook:

 

We will let the process take its course in relation to Tikoduadua allegation - AG (Saturday 10/08/2019)

By: Fijivillage

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the government will let due process take it’s course in relation to the allegation by National Federation Party MP, Pio Tikoduadua against the Prime Minister as Tikoduadua has reported the matter to the Police.

AG at press conference sm by Fijivillage CFL on 500px.com

Sayed-Khaiyum says no one should become the judge and jury, and let the investigation take it’s course as there are facts which are in dispute.

The Attorney General also says Tikoduadua’s comments in parliament regarding the Prime Minister’s family is highly unfitting of a member of parliament.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the motion on Bulitavu was about the members of parliament taking a high moral ground and sending a message that as leaders they will not condone racism, sexism and violence.

He says they maintain the expected decorum and expected behaviour.

Sayed-Khaiyum says unfortunately Tikoduadua did not today when he referred to Bulitavu’s motion yesterday.

He says it was a clear attack on the Prime Minister’s family by Tikoduadua and setting an ugly precedent, and he also says NFP Leader, Professor Biman Prasad’s comments is a slimy attempt to justify Tikoduadua’s behaviour.

The Attorney General also confirms that the Prime Minister has also spoken to the Speaker about the matter.

Sayed-Khaiyum stresses that as far as they are concerned, the matter relating to the alleged incident is with Police and the Speaker of Parliament, and those two independent bodies will deal with the matters through their own mechanisms.     

By: Vijay Narayan

 

Tikoduadua lodges complaint with Police that PM allegedly threatened and assaulted him(Friday 9/08/19)

By: Vijay Narayan and Silina Baro

NFP President and parliamentarian Pio Tikoduadua has lodged a complaint with the Police that the Prime Minister allegedly threatened and assaulted him outside parliament earlier today.

He filed the report at Totogo Police Station in the last hour and has been told to get a medical report.

Tikoduadua says he will now get the medical report.

The Prime Minister had told Fijivillage earlier today that he only spoke to Tikoduadua sternly for personally attacking him and Tikoduadua then allegedly squeezed and broke his own spectacles.

Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho says he will not make any comments as they deal directly with all complaints regarding any allegations being made.

 

Tikoduadua alleges he was threatened and assaulted by the PM while the PM says this is not true(Friday 09/08/19)

By: Vijay Narayan

National Federation Party MP Pio Tikoduadua has alleged in parliament that he was physically assaulted and threatened by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama earlier today while the Prime Minister says he only spoke to Tikoduadua sternly for personally attacking him and Tikoduadua then allegedly squeezed and broke his own spectacles.

Tikoduadua raised a point of order in parliament in the last hour.

Tikoduadua raised the point of order while parliamentary questions were underway.

Pio Tikoduadua SM by Fijivillage CFL on 500px.com

He had earlier personally attacked the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama while he was replying on his own motion that parliament urgently appoints a Special Parliamentary Committee to holistically look into the multi-faceted risks of the hard drugs situation in Fiji.

PM sm by Fijivillage CFL on 500px.com

Tikoduadua was calling on the government side to get off their own high horse and accept the solution offered by the opposition to set up a Special Parliamentary Committee to look into the risks of hard drugs. 

He then personally attacked the Prime Minister while talking about SODELPA MP, Mosese Bulitavu.

Bulitavu sm by Fijivillage CFL on 500px.com

Although Tikoduadua did not say anything during the government’s motion to condemn Bulitavu’s racist and derogatory comments about Indo Fijian and iTaukei women, Tikoduadua today started talking about that and said that Bulitavu should not have said those things. He then launched into the attack.

Bainimarama then stood up and asked Tikoduadua why he is personally attacking him as the NFP President did not say anything on Bulitavu yesterday.

The FijiFirst official media page is saying “Blatant lie by Pio Tikoduadua that PM assaulted him. Does he have the guts to make this allegation outside parliament?”

fjiifirst post by Fijivillage CFL on 500px.com

NFP leader calls on speaker of parliament to listen to Tikoduadua (Friday 09/08/19)

By:Dhanjay Deo and Semi Turaga 

biman sm by Fijivillage CFL on 500px.com

National Federation Party Leader, Professor Biman Prasad stood up on a point of order and said the Parliament needs to be disrupted and asked the Speaker Ratu Epeli Nailatikau for Parliament to listen to Pio Tikoduadua who has alleged that he was assaulted by the Prime Minister.

Ratu Epeli then told Prasad that he has already made a ruling before, that they are dealing with the agenda item.

Speaker of Parliament SM by Fijivillage CFL on 500px.com

The Speaker then said he can only rule on what he sees and Tikoduadua has the option to take the matter to relevant authorities.

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