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Former Fiji PM Bainimarama sentenced to a year in jail

Fiji’s former long-serving prime minister Frank Bainimarama was sentenced to a year in prison for perverting the course of justice on Thursday (May 9).

Bainimarama was initially spared jail in the case during sentencing last month, before an appeal by the country’s director for public prosecutions.

A former military chief, Bainimarama came to power in a 2006 coup and later won democratic elections in 2014 and 2018.

He was found guilty this month by the High Court of attempting to pervert the course of justice while he was prime minister by telling a senior police official to stay away from an investigation into the University of South Pacific, court documents show.

(Reuters)

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