"Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it is clear National Federation Party President Pio Tikoduadua is the child for using insulting words after Tikoduadua said that Bainimarama needs to grow up and behave like a leader instead of a child...Bainimarama says it must be hard for Tikoduadua to open his mouth to insult him as he has forgotten that the Prime Minister is the one who reinstated Tikoduadua to his post not once but twice and now Tikoduadua is a very
FijiVillage News, 20 February 2021
Fijileaks: Bainimarama should be ashamed instead of gloating how he allegedly reinstated Tikoduadua to his post not once but twice in the past. If it is true then Bainimarama was indulging in NEPOTISM and
was not practising good governance. He was abusing his power as
Prime Minister. And has the gall to order the USP to clean up its "house"
STREET BRAWLER BEATS UP TIKODUADUA IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
“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”
Christopher Pryde, the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Deputy speaker Veena Bhatnagar chaired the privileges committee. Others members included Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum, Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu, Assistant Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Alvick Maharaj, Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka and Opposition MP Adi Litia Qionibaravi
No assault charges will be laid against the prime minister of Fiji in relation to an incident with an opposition MP outside parliament, despite there being “sufficient evidence for the matter to proceed to court,” the country’s department of public prosecutions has ruled.
Frank Bainimarama was accused of assault by Pio Tikoduadua, an opposition MP for the National Federation Party, who alleges the prime minister grabbed and shoved him outside Fiji’s parliament in Suva, causing his glasses to fall to the ground and break.
The incident was captured on video and the footage was widely shared online.
It shows Bainimarama grabbing the lapel of Tikoduadua’s coat and giving him a light push before the men were involved in what appeared to be a heated exchange while security guards looked on.
Bainimarama told the Guardian in the weeks following the incident that Tikoduadua had insulted Bainimarama’s family during a parliamentary debate.
The Fijian department of public prosecutions issued a statement saying that while there was enough evidence for the case to go to court, they would not lay charges against Bainimarama because the incident had already been dealt with by the parliamentary privileges committee and to pursue criminal charges “would, in effect, be subjecting the prime minister to double jeopardy”
“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,” said Christopher Pryde, the director of public prosecutions.