The Fiji Times »AG rejects claims – Question on legislation and beneficiaries


Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last week rejected allegations in parliament that the owner of a large warehouse and a pharmaceutical chain with “close ties” to the government was wanted by the international police agency INTERPOL .

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad made the statement to Parliament last Thursday during the debate on the Medicines (Amendment) Bill 2021 (No. 2).

Professor Prasad also asked the GA if the legislation would benefit those “with close ties” to the ruling FijiFirst party.

He asked Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum if the amendment was similar to a recent change in law on the sale of shares acquired before 2011 being exempt from capital gains tax. Professor Prasad has asked the government to help some companies deploy COVID testing equipment.

“What have they already imported or will (they) import without having to obtain licenses?” he said.

Professor Prasad also asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum whether the bill was designed “to help a particular pharmaceutical importer operate a chain of pharmacies with close ties to the ruling party” or “to cover up the illegal importation. drugs banned by the owner of a pharmacy chain. allegedly involved in controversial transactions? “

“Is this part of a larger plan to hide the conversion of the importation of illegal drugs into drugs – because these are the allegations made,” Prof Prasad said.

He also asked Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum to inform Parliament whether the owner of a large warehouse and a pharmaceutical chain was wanted by INTERPOL and had left the country.

In response, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Professor Prasad was “full of conspiracy theories – conspiracy theories and controversy are entering this Parliament to try to obscure things”.

He asked Professor Prasad to “ask the Honorable Seruiratu (Minister of Defense)” to tell him who was wanted by INTERPOL.

“I don’t know who is wanted by INTERPOL,” the GA said.

“If repatriation is required, it will come to us through the Mutual Assistance in Crimes Act.

“Nothing has reached us but INTERPOL has a relationship with the Ministry of Defense and Police. “Again, I say – he (Professor Prasad) says it will affect a drugstore chain – nothing.

“Someone ready to open something – no.”

Introducing the bill, Sayed-Khaiyum said he was seeking to give the Minister of Health the power to authorize the importation of certain drugs.

He said the law needed to be passed urgently, especially with regard to COVID-19.


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