FIJI FIRST PARTY CANDIDATES AWAIT DRUBBING AT THE POLL: Their leader slapping NZ TV reporter and his bumbling performance in debate with Ro Kepa is driving away women, youth and even businessmen
LATEST FIJILEAKS EX-Fiji SUN Election Team Poll:
As Mosese Tikoitoga says army will now be involved in election, Fijileaks contacts at Military High Command say Bainimarama/Khaiyum plan to RIG RESULTS:
Fijileaks Editor: In their introduction of candidates FijiFirst Party - their party website still up despite Khaiyum's 'BLACKOUT' decree says Vuniwaqa is a former civil servant; NO, she was the Registrar of Elections whose position Professor Ghai was commenting upon. Vuniwaqa resigned and has popped up as FFP candidate
Fijileaks Editor: Natuva and Esala Teleni are linked to abuse of funds. Military sources at Queen Elizabeth Barracks say that the financial abuse took place under the watch of two Directors, Military Resources – Natuva and Teleni. The sacked police commissioner Teleni was the Director of Military Resources at RFMF Strategic Headquarters, Berkeley Crescent from 2000-2003. When Teleni was away at Defence College Canberra in 2004, Natuva replaced him as Director, Military Resources in January 2004 to January 2005 before being posted to Iraq in 2005. Teleni again took over in January 2005 as Director Military Resources then as Chief of Staff Strategic Headquarters from April 2005 to December 2006 .Teleni and Natuva were fully responsible with the dictator for the oversupply of all goods in anticipation of the 2006 coup. Soldiers who were ordered to carry out the treasonous coup claim that up to three containers of these oversupplied goods were still in front of QEB Logistics Support Stores that was never explained to them which had made them all suspicious that the dictator and his conspirators might be planning a coup against the SDL-FLP multi-party government.
The 48-hour media blackout on political news before polling day is a sinister ploy on Khaiyum's part - to ensure his opponents do not reveal damaging materials at the eleventh hour against regime!
FijiFirst Party lied about its donations to Elections Office and Supervisor of Elections - the party received millions in donations from businessmen but ONE had his donation of $10,000 returned to him after he refused to sanction the transfer of Jaycees Park in Labasa to another donor who allegedly gave $50,000 to Khaiyum to fight election
BY VICTOR LAL
Fijileaks Investigation Team
The Fiji First Party leader Frank Bainimarama claimed they were not willing to have businessmen as party candidates: “We have to see whether a businessman would put his business interest before the interest of the country and we do not want that."
And yet he has Nadi businessman Sanjit Patel on his party list of candidates. Patel is one of the richest Indo-Fijian businessman in the western division. But the man charged with collecting millions in donation from businessmen is civil enginner Sanjay Kaba of HL Jacob Ltd. Kaba himself has received over $10million dollars in government contracts (Momi, Natadola, Airports Fiji etc) from Aiyaz Khaiyum. In return Kaba agreed to be chairman of FFP's fund raising committee.
As mentioned earlier, FFP has understated (lied) about the amount of donations it has received to fight the election. The close-knit Gujarati community, with some of my own relatives up there, have been trying to outbid each other in donating to FFP. Bhavesh Patel of RC Manubhai recently hosted Baimanrama and Khayum in Ba where the business community raised more than a million dollars. So the declaration by FFP is understated. The party told Elections Office it received $1million in donations but figures seen by Fijileaks ex-Fiji Sun Election Team says it is over $10million.
Labasa businessman Charan Jeet Singh was one of the first businessman who publicly endorsed the formation of FijiFirst Party and was earmarked to be one of its candidates in the election. But those close to Khaiyum claimed that Singh and businessman Jim Ah Koy were seen by party general secretary Khaiyum as too powerful and potential rivals to him. He also feared the two would wean Bainimarama away from him.
But Khaiyum had to find an excuse which he did: he discovered that Singh and a few others as representatives of the Labasa Ratepayers Association had filed a judicial review in the Fiji High Court against the regime's decision to give Jaycees Park in Labasa to hotelier and FFP financier Vinesh Dayal of Hotel North Pole. Dayal has allegedly given FFP $50,000 in donation under different names. He is refusing to admit or deny to Fijileaks the allegations against him.
In fact, the former Commissioner Northern Inia Seruiratu, who is now a candidate for FFP, was instrumental in recommending this land be given to Northpole. Singh was now a marked man in Khaiyum's eyes - jealousy and 'big money' was too much a temptation to get rid of Singh. Since Singh had signed all the affidavits in the Judicial Review case, he accused Singh of opposing the regime's decision to give the land away to Dayal of Northpole.
Khaiyum still had one trump card - the applications from potential candidates for FFP. When Singh saw the first batch of FFP candidates announced, he confronted Kaba who had asked Singh for $10,000 in donation to the party. Kaba told Singh that Khaiyum had blocked Singh's application. Surprisingly, Kaba returned the $10,000 to Singh.
Singh smelled 'rat' so before Bainimarama and Khaiyum announced the second batch of candidates, Singh pulled out of the race, denying the corrupt and vindictive Khaiyum the pleasure of punishing Singh for filing the judicial review against FFP financier Dayal, the managing director of Hotel NorthPole.
That is why Khaiyum has decreed a 48 hour media blackout before Fiji goes to the polls. But Fijileaks will defy his DECREE and keep exposing this MOTHER OF ALL CROOKS IN THIS ELECTION.
Fijileaks to Indo-Fijian Voters: Remember when you go into the polling booth - 'These two are no friends of YOURS - they colluded in hiding Chaudhry's Haryana millions which was given to YOU, VICTIMS, after George Speight's 2000 coup.'
FijiFirst Party leader Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Khaiyum protected their Finance Minister Chaudhry to the last wire - denying that he had $2million dollars in his Sydney bank account
Reserve Bank of Fiji had failed to act upon Victor Lal’s 2007 submission. In an e-mail dated 10 August 2007 Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter had advised Victor Lal to provide Chaudhry’s tax documents to the Reserve Bank of Fiji's Financial Unit (RBF). Victor Lal duly obliged and submitted his own legal opinion to the RBF that Chaudhry might have breached various provisions of the Exchange Control Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act. Like FICAC, the Prime Minister’s Office, and Chaudhry himself, the RBF neither replied nor acknowledged Victor Lal’s letter or the tax documents.
VICTOR LAL to Interim Prime Minister FRANK BAINIMARAMA re Tax Scams inside FIRCA and Mahendra Chaudhry, 4 February 2008:
Re: IN RESPONSE TO “FIRCA’S RESPONSE TO FIJI SUN ARTICLE”, 4/2/08:
“Further to my previous communication in which I insisted that an analysis of the tax records of Mr Mahendra Chaudhry clearly establishes tax evasion, I want to re-iterate that I have no political agenda against anyone, as FIRCA continues to assert, regarding my stories in the Fiji SUN of tax evaders, and whom FIRCA is protecting.
Mahendra Chaudhry: As I stated previously, I still stand by my claims, and I have obtained further details from the Australian authorities that he has monies in Australian banks and had failed to declare the interests he received there to FIRCA. He is yet to account for the thousands of dollars he collected worldwide for the Cyclone Ami funds. I wrote to him in 2006, asking him to open up the books in relation to the funds held in the Bank of Baroda - to date he has not responded.
Fiji Water: Regarding Fiji Water, those involved in the case include the former director of Fiji Water, Mr Kubs, Mr Lyne (who was Mr Kub's expert witness in the case that Mr Kubs lost and FIRCA lawyer Michael Scott (who had given advice to Mr Kubs).
Now, FIRCA is threatening to take legal action against me. Well, I look forward to the opportunity, for perhaps what they are trying to prevent me from exposing, I will be able to expose in a court of law. On law, FIRCA’s own legal consultant, who is most likely to frame charges against me, has been found to have failed to declare $630,000 in consulting fees from FIRCA and RBF over the period June 2004 and October 2007.
According to FIRCA sources, who are disgusted with the double standard, corruption, and nepotism in their organisation claim that Mr Scott’s assessed bill still stood, with additional penalties for late payments now totalling $154,000.
The Debt Collection Department is too frightened to approach him. While admitting tax liability to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Mr Scott instead launched a vicious attack on the officer who audited him during the recent audit of FIRCA staff, calling him, according to evidence I have on me, incompetent, ignorant and someone who was full of malice against Mr Scott.
Many FIRCA officers are horrified because according to them this was the very officer who was tasked by their CEO Mr Jitoko Tikolevu and Mr Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum to investigate Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki’s tax records and had concluded that he (Justice Fatiaki) evaded taxes, and should therefore be charged with 26 counts of tax evasion - the matter is now a subject of a public enquiry.
Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki and Income Tax Act: Well, if Mr Tikolevu, Mr Filipe Bole previously, and now Mr Chaudhry claim that a taxpayer’s records are private and cannot be obtained without the permission of the taxpayer, then why Mr Fatiaki's tax records, to the minute details, was released by Mr Khaiyum for public consumption?
Did FIRCA or the A-G or Michael Scott seek Justice Fatiaki’s permission before making it public? The truth is that there is a general apprehension that I am inching closer to the big sharks in FIRCA, including Mr Chaudhry, so the best defence is to attack the messenger, discredit me by accusing me of having a political agenda, and then to hide behind the cloth of legalism.
Tax Scam inside FIRCA: The FIRCA Board member is none other than Mr Chaudhry’s relative and appointee Mr Arvind Datt who was the subject of my front page story in the Sunday SUN. I had nothing to do with the FIRCA tender story - for that is not my area of investigation. Mr Datt has been threatening staff, I am told, and only got caught for falsely claiming rental loss on his property because he was harrying the staff to speed up his returns. I have incontrovertible evidence to support my claims that he evaded tax but was caught out.
I am told that there never was any investigation into Chaudhry’s tax matter and that Mr Bole, as chairman of FIRCA, blatantly lied to you that Mr Chaudhry was in the clear. I call upon you to ask Mr Chaudhry, Mr Datt, Mr Scott and Mr Tikolevu to step down so that a thorough investigation by an independent investigator of our choice can look into their tax records.
I still do not understand what is it that is making you so protective of Mr Chaudhry, who is simply abusing his position, and so are his supporters inside FIRCA, while identifying and pursuing his political opponents, according to those inside FIRCA.
The scale of the scandal and tax fraud committed by FIRCA top brass in fact calls for a Commission of Inquiry, which could even bring down your government if I decide to go public on the Doctrine of Public Interest like you invoked the Doctrine of Necessity to execute your December 5 2006 coup.
Let me put it the other way. It took your illegal coup to finally catch the highest judicial officer in the land, Justice Fatiaki, who now admits to irregularities in his tax returns. A report into his tax files concluded that he could be charged with criminal tax offence because “The offence was wilful as Mr Fatiaki prepared his own tax returns and was not misled into the omission by a tax agent or other person. Mr Fatiaki signed the tax returns personally including the declaration that the returns were “true and complete”. The declaration will be tendered as evidence before the court by the very FIRCA officer, who also audited Mr Scott and Datt and found that they had not honestly declared their tax returns.
So the nation is entitled to ask you why should Mr Fatiaki be hauled before a public inquiry and those around Mr Chaudhry inside FIRCA, the likes of Mr Datt and Mr Scott should be untouchables, including Mr Chaudhry.
Independent Commission of Inquiry: I am sorry to have been too long but the gravity of the scandal inside FIRCA is so deep that it needs to be highlighted. It’s time you acted against these people, and it is in their own interests to clear their names, for evidence on me, in the form of their tax files, tell a very different story.
We cannot invoke Section 4 of the Tax Act and allow them to hide, for do you really believe that they will grant me permission to analyse their tax records, if it was so, Justice Fatiaki would have been caught out long ago.
I am willing to fully co-operate with any independent investigator provided all those mentioned are suspended from their positions, including Mr Chaudhry, and failing to do so I relish meeting FIRCA in a court of law where I will be able to produce irrefutable evidence of, what appears from their tax files, systematic tax evasion by these individuals!"
Bainimarama attacks Victor Lal at press conference on 24 February 2008 and defends his Finance Minister Chaudhry. The same night his military thugs kidnap Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter, take him into military custody and next day deport him out of Fiji:
“We also have the recent case of an opinion columnist in the Fiji Sun masquerading as a regular correspondent...writing front page stories. So blatant has been the Fiji Sun’s disregard for ethics that these lead stories have explicit opinions contained within the article. These little tricks are getting out of hand and that is the reason why we have called everyone here to explain to you in detail once and for all the truth that continues to be misconstrued and disregarded by most sections of the media.”
THIS MORALLY CORRUPT LAWYER, FORMER ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND FLP CANDIDATE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE SITTING IN
MORALLY UNSCRUPULOUS OPPORTUNIST: