Friday, October 10, 2008

SDL undeterred, to pursue further action

SDL undeterred, to pursue further action - 10/10/2008

Ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says yesterday’s High Court ruling that deemed valid and lawful the President’s action to dissolve Parliament and appoint a caretaker PM will not deter his party from pursuing legal action against the National Council for Building a Better Fiji and the People’s Charter.“Let’s see what the system says but already, the judgement does not encourage us at all in having fair hearings in the cases that we have taken up,” Qarase said.“We will pursue those cases and I think our main consideration is that we must take necessary action, whatever it might be, to try and maintain the rule of law and get justice done by our judicial system,” he said.Qarase said listening to the judgement being delivered, it appeared the court had been very selective in the evidence it used and “some of the evidence explained today (yesterday) were totally irrelevant to the cases that we place before the court”.“Legality issues that we were after was completely ignored,” he said.“Surprised and extremely disappointed” with Justice Anthony Gate’s ruling, Qarase said on the other hand, the judgement would have a lot of implications on the other cases his party was taking up.The SDL is currently seeking the court to declare the illegality of the establishment of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF) and its work on the proposed Peoples Charter.The Party also wants the court to declare that the intention of the interim Government to act on the recommendation of the NCBBF and its charter especially to introduce changes contrary to the Constitution was beyond its powers.They have also asked the court to direct the interim government to cease all work related to the NCBBF and the People’s Charter.

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