Laisenia Qarase with his lawyer Tupou Draunidalo
Blanchflower made the submission to Justice Priyantha Fernando today after Qarase's lawyer, Tupou Draunidalo
made an application for no case to answer for her client.
Earlier today, Draunidalo
filed the application for no case to answer.
said that in her
submission on the six abuse of office charges faced by Qarase, the prosecution has not proven the necessary elements which include employment in the public service which is connected with the alleged abusive act, an arbitrary act done in abuse of authority, prejudice to others and gain to the accused.
said that on the three discharge of duty charges, prosecution has not proven employment in the public service, existence of any property of a special character and any culpable discharge of duty by accused in respect of property in which the accused has an alleged private interest.
Draunidalo said that in the Prosecution case, all charges alleged that Laisenia Qarase was a person employed in the public service because he was employed as Director of Fijian Holdings Limited, Financial Advisor of the Fijian Affairs Board and Advisor to the Great Council of Chiefs.
said that it was established earlier in relation to Ratu Meli Bainimarama's evidence that there is no such position as "Advisor to the Great Council of Chiefs