Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fatiaki takes State to court

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Update: 1.58pm ACTING Chief Justice Anthony Gates has confirmed that the court case brought against the President and the interim Prime Minister by suspended Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki will be heard in the Suva High Court on 3 September, according to a report by Radio New Zealand International.

Justice Gates also confirmed that a judge has been allocated to the case.

Mr Fatiaki is challenging his suspension by the interim government and the subsequent appointments made by the Judicial Services Commission, chaired by Justice Gates.

Aside from President Ratu Josefa Iloilo and the interim prime minister, the other defendants are the interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the acting chief justice Anthony Gates and High Court judges Nazhat Shameem, John Byrne and Isikeli Mataitoga.

Three magistrates, the Public Service Commission chairman Rishi Ram and solicitor general Christopher Pryde are also among the defendants.

Mr Fatiaki is challenging his suspension by President Iloilo, the composition of the Judicial Services Commission and all appointments made by the commission in the absence of Mr Fatiaki on the grounds that it is not legally constituted.

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