Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lawyers yet to file injunction

Lawyers yet to file injunction - 10/30/2008

State lawyers have yet to file a response to an injunction filed at the High Court against the People’s Charter.
The injunction filed by the SDL party and its leader Laisenia Qarase was supposed to have been responded to on Monday October 27 by lawyers representing the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo and the co-chairs of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji.

However, party lawyer Niko Nawaikula confirmed that he has yet to receive any affidavits from the respondents.

“So far I have yet to receive anything from the respondents. They were given 14 days by the court and I believe that should have ended on Monday, October 27. But right now, I am still waiting for them,” he said.

The 14-day period was given by Justice Filimoni Jitoko when the injunction was first filed on October 14.

Lawyer Michael Benefield is representing Archbishop Petero Mataca while Solicitor General Christopher Pryde represents Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and others.

The SDL’s injunction was filed in an attempt to the stop interim regime from implementing the charter.

It wants a declaration from the court that the interim government is acting beyond its powers when it acts on recommendations of the NCBBF and its charter.

The charter seeks to do away with Fiji’s race based politics and voting system which would require substantial amendments to the Constitution.

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