In reverse order for sheer scale of lying.
Lie No. 5
3.04 ‘ … through FIFA ….’ Khaiyum claims that FIFA were actively involved and approved the sublicensing of the FIFA World Cup 2014 from MAI TV. Not true
World Rugby says: ‘We have had confirmation from FIFA HQ in Switzerland that they did not give approval to share the Feed for the World Cup with anyone other than their Licensee (MAI TV).’
Lie No. 4
6.36 ‘… notwithstanding the fact they (World Rugby/IRB) had agreed to the Gold Coast 7s being shown …’
World Rugby says: ‘At no time has World Rugby communicated to your Office or Fiji TV that we are willing to share the Feed for the Series Event – our communications of 9 and 10 October to Fiji TV have been misinterpreted by you.’
Lie No. 3
18.42 ‘ …they (World Rugby/IRB) allowed the Gold Coast 7s to be shown …’ Khaiyum goes on attack against World Rugby’s ‘contradictions and hypocrisy’
World Rugby says: ‘The decision to share the Feed was taken by Fiji TV not World Rugby and was on foot of a demand from your office to do so. Further, as stated previously, no such confirmation was given verbally to Ms [Tupou] Baravilala [a legal representative from the Attorney-General’s chambers] , you are mistaken in that regard.’
Lie No. 2
5.06 ‘I must thank the willingness of the chairman and CEO of Fijian Holdings where they themselves have written to World Rugby.’
Email from Fijian Holdings Ltd CEO Nouzab Fareed to FHL chairman Iowane Naiveli, on the same date as the press conference (December 5): ‘Another call from AG [Attorney-General] they want FTV [Fiji TV] to write to WR [World Rugby] indicating that FTV is willing to give up its exclusive rights in the interests of the country … FTV specially to say we don’t need exclusive rights’.
And Your Khaiyum Lie of the Year (so far)
24.48 ‘ we can’t tell private companies what to do. That’s the reality. Fiji TV has its own shareholders’.
Email from Fijian Holdings CEO Nouzab Fareed to Fiji TV board members and senior management, on the same date as the press conference (December 5): ‘Again AG spoke to me now … if we cannot give letter he wants all FHL directors to resign from FTV today before 3pm.’