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Nadi man fined for pretending to be a doctor
A 54-year-old man who was running a surgery from his home in Nalovo Nadi without being registered as a medical practitioner escaped jail sentence yesterday.

Tahir Hussein Shah charged with three counts of practicing as a medical practitioner without being registered and one count of obtaining money by false pretense, pleaded guilty to the charges in Nadi Magistrates court.

He was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment suspended for 3 years and ordered to pay a fine of $770.

Fijifs democracy shrine message that ticked off dictator Frank

So what has Frank Bainimarama got to say now with Ului Marafs latest You Tube disclosure on how his boss Frank brutally beat three civilian women to a pulp following his December 2006 coup? That itfs a gnon-issueh, gracisth, a gnaughtyh remark or will he say that Uluifs statement is gchildish and shallowh?

The three women were the first civilian group to have been hauled up, beaten and violated at the military barracks in Suva soon after the 2006 coup.

Uluifs gpersonal recollection of the events that took place in December 2006 explicitly described dictator Frank in action as a confirmed human rights violator responding to peaceful protests against his coup by three unarmed young Fijian women.

Uluifs revelation also mirrors Laisa Digitakifs graphic statement. Her statement gave Fijians and the world first hand information on the kind of torture Frank and his military henchmen were inflicting on their own Fijian people.

With Ului confirming the presence of other military officers during the beating, plus the individual accounts of Laisa, Virisila and Jacquline, Frank is undeniably scared of these many witnesses who will no doubt hammer more nails into Frankfs own guilty verdict for his crime against humanity.

Fiji to drop Queen from currency
Fiji will replace the image of Queen Elizabeth II with local plants and animals, the prime minister has announced.
Commodore Voreque Bainimarama, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 2006, said Fiji’s cabinet had accepted his recommendations for new designs on the country’s 10 coin and note denominations.

“Important and iconic flora and fauna of Fiji has been selected to replace Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mr Bainimarama, who holds the titles of prime minister and finance minister among a clutch of other portfolios, gave no reason for the change.

He said the new coins will be introduced in June next year.

Fiji, a former British colony, gained independence in 1970 but continued to feature the Queen on its coins. Other former British colonies such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada still follow the same practice.

Fireworks expected in Ba-Rewa clash
Fans can expect a fast and fiery contest of football tomorrow when two of Fiji’s top districts, Rewa and Ba battle in the National Football League at Govind Park.

History has it that whenever the two sides tussle, there is always a lot in store for the fans and the goal-difference is minimal.

Ba will have the upper hand entering the match as the Men In Black toppled the Inter District champs 2-0 in the opening round of the Fiji Sun/Weet-Bix National League and they will also have the support from their loyal fans.

It will also be a special moment for new coach Josaia Bukalidi who celebrated his birthday today and will be wanting nothing less than a win to top up the joyous occasion.

Following back to back victories over the Fiji U23s and Navua, Ba will have plenty to play for as they are four points adrift from leaders Labasa and a win tomorrow will narrow the gap to a single point as the Babasiga Lions will be out of action this weekend.

An interesting midfield combination of Roneel Kumar, Kiniviliame Naika and youngsters Laisenia Raura and Ratu Vula Veidogo is expected to keep Rewa’s engine room occupied.

The Reds already will be missing star midfielders George Lui, James Naka and Kelepi Qaqa. Lui and Naka are in the Solomon Islands while Qaqa has been dropped from the team due to disciplinary reasons.

Archie Watkins and youngsters Betsy Ali are expected to lead Rewa’s attack force together with Epeli Saukuru and seasoned campaigner Joeli Ranitu while speedy Isimeli Naresia and Kitione Tabaivalu will pair up upfront for Ba.

The all exciting match kicks off at Govind Park at 3pm.
Fiji 7s coach confident of improved performance
Digicel Fiji 7s coach Josateki Savou is confident that the team will better their performance in Scotland.

Savou said that the new players really excelled in London and the team will not let the weather affect their game-plan.

South Africa coach Paul Treu said he has stressed to his players to keep focus.

The Scotland 7s kicks off at 9:30pm on Saturday

Fiji's first pool game is against Scotland at 12:04am on Sunday, they play USA in the second game at 3:10am and their last pool game is against Samoa at 5:49am.
Robbery ‘mastermind’ gets 10 years jail term
A man who allegedly masterminded the robbery of more than $50, 0000 and cheques from a supermarket manager in 2007 has been sentenced to ten years in jail by the High Court in Suva.
Tadeo Qarasaumaki was hired by the company to guard its general manager, who was to do his banking on August 20, 2007. The court heard that Qarasaumaki had made plans with others to rob the supermarket.

The company cashier on the same date had given a total of $53, 166.85 in cash and cheques to the manager, who was to bank the money.

However, the bank delivery turned sour when about five robbers who were waiting nearby attacked him upon a signal from Qarasaumaki.

The robbers smashed their into the manager’s vehicle, punched him several times and fled with the bag containing the $49,776.39 and $3,390.46 in cheques.

He, however, pretended as if nothing happened and continued to deny his involvement. High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo informed the court that the police revealed, after their investigation, his deep involvement in the robbery. “You were the main link between the complainant company and the robbers,” Justice Temo said.

“You provided confidential information to them on the movement of company money on the day of the banking. “Without your input, the robbery would have failed.”

His alleged accomplices, Asaeli Koroi and Peni Waqakibau, were found not guilty by the assessors at the end of the trial.

However, it was revealed that Qarasaumaki and Waqakibau each received a total of $1000 each while Koroi received a total of $2000 even though the duo knew the money was stolen property.

Koroi and Waqakibau were found guilty of receiving stolen property and they were each given a total of one year 11 months and 12 months imprisonment respectively.

Justice Temo, in handing the sentence, stated that Qarasaumaki breached his employer’s trust of being paid to protect the company by guarding its employees.
Tevita Uluilakeba Mara used false name
Fugitive Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara introduced himself as ‘John’ when he booked into the Nagigia Island Resort in Kadavu before escaping to Tonga.
This was revealed to the Fiji Sun by resort workers as most of them did not recognise him at first.

A front desk worker who wished to remain anonymous said Ratu Tevita, commonly known as Roko Ului, also wore a hat to cover his face when he was around the resort premises.

“He (Roko Ului) spoke in English all the time and he was known to us as ‘John’ because that was the name given to us,” she said.

She said that Roko Ului booked into the resort on Sunday afternoon, May 8.

This was confirmed by Nabukelevu-i-Ra chief Tevita Koroi who had this week disputed Roko Ului’s claim that he was rescued by the Tongan Navy at Southern Ono-i-Lau. Roko Ului was on bail on a charge of sedition.

Another resort worker said that Roko Ului always turned his back to them especially when having his meal at the cafeteria.

Apisalome Bolatuku, who was the person to transport him from the resort to a launch, said Roko Ului was fully dressed in warm clothes.

“He was wearing long pants, jackets and boots. “He looked prepared to go out at sea especially when it was raining that Monday morning,” Mr Bolatuku said.

“I overheard the conversation of the launch owner with our surf instructor (whose wife is a close relative of Roko Ului) that they would be back after fishing.”

Mr Bolatuku said the launch could be seen for about three hours before it disappeared into the open sea.

Witnesses said a navy boat - now believed to be Tongan - was seen in the area around the same time.

The Tongans claimed that Roko Ului was rescued south of Ono-i-Lau by their navy.

Roko Ului claimed in the overseas media that he went out fishing from Sunday to Tuesday until he was rescued.

Neither the Fiji Navy nor other maritime authorities picked up a purported distress call claimed to have been heard by the Tongans.

Roko Ului’s claims were aslo strongly denied by Mr Koroi, resort workers and Nabukelevu-i-Ra villagers.

Meanwhile, police spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri said the investigations are continuing.

“We have taken in people for interview and later released them,” Inspector Sokomuri said.
IRB talks to NZ Govt
The International Rugby Board states that it is working with the New Zealand Government to ensure that the members of the Fiji Rugby World Cup squad can compete in the tournament.

While responding to questions sent by Fijivillage, IRB’s General Manager Oceania William Glenwright said the IRB wants all member unions to field their strongest possible side in the World Cup.

Glenwright stated that the IRB invests a lot of money in the high performance and development programs in Fiji as it does in many other countries in the Pacific and throughout the world.

He said it is in IRB’s best interest that Fiji fields its strongest possible teams in international competitions.

However Glenwright reiterates that the IRB respects New Zealand’s right to issue visas to whomever it chooses in accordance with its immigration policy.

Glenwright also confirmed that the International Rugby Board received a letter from the Fiji Rugby Union last week which outlined their ongoing concerns in relation to the travel bans that are affecting some players.

However he said the FRU has not indicated that Fiji does not intend to participate in legs of next year’s IRB Sevens Series.

FRU Chairman Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga said earlier this week that Fiji may not participate in the NZ and Australia 7s next year if the travel sanctions remain
New acting Chief Magistrate sworn-in
New chief magistrate Usaia Ratuvili was sworn in at Government House by His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, this morning.

Ratuvili is a product of the University of the South Pacific and one of the first LLB graduates from the university in 1997.

He said he was happy to be given the opportunity and would be industrious in serving the magistracy and leading by example.

He said it has always been his childhood dream to lead in the legal fraternity, a dream nurtured from law school.

The new acting chief magistrate comes in with a lot of experience after stints at some of the nation’s law institutions.

“It has always been a dream since I started law and it is the dream of all law students and law practitioners,” Mr Ratuvili said.

“My mum is also very happy and this is a proud moment for the family and myself personally.”

Hard work has certainly paid for the acting chief magistrate.

He started his law career at FA and Company where he worked from 1999 to 2001 before moving on to the Fiji Human Rights Commission from 2001 to 2007.

Mr Ratuvili also spent some time working with the Australia – Fiji Community Justice Programme before moving over to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Before taking up his new role, Mr Ratuvili served as a resident magistrate in Ba.

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