Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Seek justice in Bill of Rights: CCF - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sai Comment:
- Rev Yabaki must be naive to think that the citizens of Fiji still have confidence in the justice system there to deliver fair and impartial results to their grievances. The general perception of the public is one of suspicion of collusion by the current regime and the courts. No amount of justification by the likes of Rev Yabaki and supporters of the regime will hide the disdain people now have of the credibility and integrity of the courts in Fiji. Its standing has been eroded by the ill treatment of the former CJ and the verdict to legitimise an act of treason by Voreqe and his cronies. We all look forward to when Fiji can regain the standing and integrity of its courts to safeguard the rights and legal entitlements of its citizens.

Fiji citizens do not need to go overseas to seek justice for political crimes because we have the Bill of Rights, says Citizens' Constitutional Forum chief executive Reverend Akuila Yabaki.

He made the comment while lamenting the reality that many citizens had migrated and were still doing so as a result of the coups.

On the recent political asylum granted by USA to Rajeshwar Singh, a former Fiji resident, and his family, Mr Yabaki said it was a sad day in Fiji's history.

"It appears that this particular (Indo-Fijian) family had been victimised since the 1987 coup, till 1998," he said.

Singh, his wife Mohini Lata Singh and their two children were given political asylum by the US Supreme Court who believed they were in danger of being persecuted again if they returned to Fiji.

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