The Parliamentary Privileges Committee headed by three Fiji First and two SODELPA parliamentarians will decide the fate of the Prime Minister of Fiji regarding the alleged assault allegations.
The Speaker of the House Ratu Epeli Nailatikau made the ruling in today during a the parliamentary sitting that two cases will be referred to the Parliamentary Privileges committee after he found that that a prima facie breach has occurred in both instances. The alleged breaches are against NFP MP Pio Tikoduadua and against the Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
It is alleged that Mr Bainimarama had verbally and physically assaulted Mr Tikoduadua outside the parliament premises after a heated debate in the August Parliament sitting.
A video footage was leaked on the social media in which Mr Bainimarama was seen grabbing Mr Tikoduadua by the lapel which resulted in Mr Tikoduadua’s spectacles landing onto the concrete and break off.
The Privilege Committee has been given till Thursday 5th September to decide on the alleged breaches by persons of interest and table the report in the parliament during the time which the Speaker has allocated in Thursday ‘s sitting.
Meanwhile, the Privileges Committee is headed by the Deputy Speaker of Parlaiment, Veena Bhatnagar, Attorney General Aiyaz Saiyed Kahiyum, Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu, Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka and Opposition MP Adi Litia Qionibaravi.