Thursday, April 16, 2009

Illegal Fiji Regime at its Worst


Frank has plans to close Australia and NZ High Comms
April 16, 2009
We can reveal here that Frank has plans to close the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions if he sees it fit.
These insiders say Frank will also adopt tougher actions on the two countries by zeroing in on its Fiji offices, if they apply stricter sanctions or lobby for the termination of RFMF’s current peacekeeping contract with the UN.
While it may sound ridiculous to us sane people, we must always remember that we are dealing with madness here which makes his plans stupid but possible - he’s actions thus far has proved just that!
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Illegal decrees adding fuel to the fire
April 16, 2009
The illegal decrees are being released in dribs and drabs starting with the most important ones that tries to legitimize their appointments followed by laws intended to make them indispensable.
But we think that as the military junta continues to release their unlawful decrees one by one, in the minds and emotions of the Fijian people, those decrees are like galloons of fuel being added on to their anger tank, waiting for that little spark to ignite.
And when it does, hell will break loose in capital Suva and it will be a bloody ugly site.
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Frank’s efforts to cut off internet links scare investors
April 15, 2009
Call centres in Fiji like ANZ bank’s Quest, Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) and the new entry to the market, Pearlmind, are not comfortable about the military regime’s interference and attempts to shut down internet access into and out of Fiji.
Businesse houses were also contemplating how to manage their communication crisis if the not-so-IT-savvy military goons do decide to go ahead with their attack on the southern cross cable in Vatuwaqa.
We were reliably told that pressure from these call center investors and the private sector finally pricked Frank’s scattered mind to the fact that sabotaging the FINTEL southern cross cable is the panic button to an instant economic blow-up that would have devalued the Fiji dollar by 101%.
Frank is so hell-bent to snuff out any negative reports that could find its way to the masses and to his officers mass.
Frank is the enemy of the Fijian state and he sure is scaring away the much needed investors.
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Connect customers - be very careful
April 15, 2009
Pro-regime and CEO of a Fiji ISP, Connect, Sharon Jones, is the lady behind the leaking of emails that was used by Shaista Shameem in one of her affidavits to support the 2006 coup.
Sharon Jones latest denials on Fiji’s FM96 radio station that it is business as usual for them must not be believed by any of you in Fiji using connects .com.fj web/email extensions.
This is a very dangerous woman who is sleeping with the enemy to boost her failing career with her Connect business recording losses while the internet usage continue to get popular in Fiji.
She is the military appointed Chairwoman of the Fiji Audio Visual Commission and is no doubt a beneficiary of the 2006 coup.
Our sources say that her Tamavua ridge house and her black Hyundai SUV was attacked not so long ago.
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Fiji people lose their rights in new decree
April 15, 2009
The dictatorial order in Fiji has finally been penned with a decree just released stating that nothing about Iloilo Frank & Co., past, present and future, can be challenged in court.
What it means is that the Fiji peoples will not have a say in how they are governed.
This is a death warrant for Frank, Aiyaz Khaiyum, Shameems, Aziz Mohammed, Ganilau, Nailatikau and the rest of the coup perpetators.
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Nazhat Shameem Fiji’s new illegal Chief Justice
April 15, 2009
Insiders say that Nazhat Shameem is to take her treasonous Iloilo oath as she gets sworn in as Fiji’s CJ.
They say Nazhat, sister to warped Shaista Shameem, is preparing to take off to the Nasese white house to go visit that old falla Iloilo.
Soon after her swearing in today, Nazhat will head down to her new office where she will most definitely be sworn at by all, including the bloggers.
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The ABC radio interview Frank doesn’t want Fiji to hear
April 15, 2009
The military Government’s widespread clampdown is a common tactic employed by groups attempting to overthrow Governments, with a senior member of the Fijian military prior to the 2006 coup saying the inimidation and fear tactics presently being used will increasingly turn the Fijian people against the army.
Presenter Michael Cavanagh
Sydney’s Macquarie University Dr Keith Sutor, Former Chief of Staff to Commodore Frank Bainimarama Jone Baledrokadroka

CAVANAGH: The coup leader Frank Bainimarama has dramatically upped the ante in his determination to maintain power in Fiji. The Military and Police are taking an active role in censoring the media, and the sacking of the judiciary is helping to isolate Fiji from the international community. Jone Baledrokadroka left the Fijian military as a colonel, having been the Commodore’s chief of staff prior to the 2006 coup. He was later accused of mutiny and insubordination, these charges were later dropped.
BALEDROKADROKA: Well from what I gather you know looking at the calibre of the people around him he seems to be reshuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic as far as I’m concerned. There is no new sort of intellectual people around him to steer the ship so to speak at the moment there is still the old hands I don’t see any credible intellects or people with knowledge for taking the country forward as far as the economy is concerned or coming on board so he’s got a hard act to follow in the coming weeks.
CAVANAGH: Mr Baledrokadroka is now a visiting fellow at the Australian National University. Dr Keith Sutor is at Sydney’s Macquarie University where he examines the effects of coups while lecturing on terrorism and counter terrorism. He says the events unfolding in Fiji are typical of what happens when a government is ousted by the military. He says history shows coups eventually fail either because there is no exit strategy, or the middle class rises up in defiance. Dr Sutor points out that the role of Fiji’s Military in recent times could make it hard for the latest regime to maintain control.
SUTOR: The problem with the military is those that live by the sword perish by the sword, and so the problem for any military coup is how do you maintain order in the ranks because having been shown how to take over a country the second and third time round becomes even easier and so the risk for any dictator in Fiji is that once soldiers have seen how a coup has been organised they might then fall out with whoever is running the country and decide to run their own coup themselves so you then end up with divisions within a military set up which is why no dictatorship over the long term ever stays in power.
CAVANAGH: With Fiji’s economy in decline Mr Baledrokadroka says the regime’s leaders will find it increasingly difficult to keep paying the army to keep it onside. Added to this he says community respect for the military has declined over the past two years.
BALEDROKADROKA: Guns have never controlled the will of the people. I can tell you that I’m a military man and they should actually know that for all the amnmunition they have and all the rhetoric and propaganda they are actually spilling out it will never actually control the people.
CAVANAGH: How much is fear being used by the military apart from the censorship area in the media and the rounding up or intimidation of high profile dissidents? The average person how much are they being intimidated and what is being done to them by the military?
BALEDROKADROKA: Well these are all the tried and tested tactics that have been used by dictators down through the ages, fear, intimidation, threats I think they are using the whole gamut to try and solidify and consolidate their power amongst the community. It only takes some flash point for the community to actually explode actually because I don’t think it will work all these fear tactics, it has never worked in the past it will never work in the future, that’s my view on it.
CAVANAGH: If it explodes though would we see the community take up against the military and the regime?
BALEDROKADROKA: Yes I think that day is coming nearer by the day actually, as people find it hard to put food on the table that is the bottom line I think and this military regime will have to go.
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What The Age is saying - Fiji regime stamps out troublesome free speech
April 15, 2009


FIJI’S military strongman, Frank Bainimarama, has clamped down on radio and internet access in the troubled Pacific country, declaring free speech causes too much trouble.
The political upheaval is driving down Fiji’s already fragile economy. Newly appointed Reserve Bank chief Sada Reddy yesterday slashed 20 per cent from the value of the local currency, only hours after troops raided the central bank building and removed the previous governor.
The regime turned off transmitters for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the capital Suva and the popular tourist town of Nadi, taking Radio Australia off air.
Local internet cafes were also reportedly being vetted for approval by the regime.
Commodore Bainimarama told New Zealand radio the restrictions were needed to push through political changes.
“We want to do these changes, these reforms,” he said.
“The last thing we want is opposition to these reforms throughout. We will now decide what is going to be done.”
Mr Bainimarama, the self-appointed Prime Minister following a 2006 coup, has tightened his grip on power in the past week after Fiji’s President Josefa Iloilo dissolved the constitution and ruled out elections for at least the next five years.
International journalists have been deported, including ABC correspondent Sean Dorney.
All local news organisations must submit reports to government officials before they can be released.
The 16-member Pacific Island Forum condemned the regime’s crackdown and “wanton disregard” for the rule of law.
The forum chairman, Niue leader Toke Talagi, said he would consult regional leaders on a further response. The grouping threatened the regime in January with suspension if elections were not held this year.
Australia has also warned Fiji it faces suspension from the Commonwealth.
But Lowy Institute South Pacific specialist Jenny Hayward-Jones said such threats were unlikely to trouble the regime. Continued…
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Shut yah mouth up Rabuka!
April 15, 2009
By vorenibai
Can Rabuka please shut up cos’ he started all this Coup Culture.
As a concerned citizen of this country this is what I think:
1)The recent events will take us 20 years back.2)An overseas troop to evade Fiji forcefully and take over the Goverment.3)Let them rule a democratic goverment for at least 10 years with expertise from their country before they hand it over to elected officials to run the goverment.4)Close the Fiji Military Forces.
If this happens the ” VORE will go to the BAI”
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Epeli Ganilau used regimental fund to send yagona to middle east
April 15, 2009
By islandboy57
The amount taken from the military’s regimental fund runs into millions of dollars and a case of abuse by Ratu Epeli Ganilau was on numerous occassions when he first used military vehicles to transport yaqona from his farm in Taveuni to Suva before sending the grog to our troops in Sinai & Lebanon. This grog would be paid for including freight to Lebanon & Sinai from the regimental fund. When the grog reached Sinai & Lebanon our soliders would have to buy this same grog off the military for their consumption, so in actual fact Ratu Epeli was double dipping. On a couple of occassions Adi Ateca accompanied Ratu Epeli to visit the troops and all expenses were paid for from this fund.
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What The Australian is saying today
April 15, 2009
Sitiveni Rabuka says let media back into Fiji
Natasha Robinson April 16, 2009
Article from: The Australian
THE man who overthrew the Fijian government during two coups has condemned the crackdown on free speech in the military-ruled nation and expressed fears for the future of his country under commander Frank Bainimarama.
Sitiveni Rabuka, the coup leader who went on to lead the country as prime minister, also said that the international condemnation - led by Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith - of the military clampdown in Fiji was nothing but “hot air” and “politicking”.
As Mr Rabuka told The Australian he was worried about the political situation hurting the country’s foreign trade, Fiji’s central bank yesterday devalued its currency by 20per cent to cushion what it said were the severe effects of the global financial crisis on the local economy.
While analysts predicted the move would help tourism, the decision prompted ratings agency Standard & Poor’s to downgrade Fiji’s currency to B-minus, citing a “deteriorating political situation”.
One analyst said: “It’s got to the point where you are seeing a possible Zimbabwe scenario starting to emerge. Confidence has disappeared.”
The devaluation came a day after the military regime, which is enforcing a strict censorship over media coverage, removed the nation’s Reserve Bank governor Savenaca Narube.
Having expelled journalists from Australia and New Zealand, the Bainimarama regime yesterday ordered the ABC’s transmitter in Fiji to be taken off air and appears to be moving to shut down internet cafes.
Mr Rabuka told The Australian yesterday he could not understand why Commodore Bainimarama was so heavily censoring the island nation’s media and had ordered foreign journalists out of the country.
Though admitting he would be “the last person to comment on democracy”, Mr Rabuka, who staged two military coups in Fiji in 1987 and was later elected prime minister of the country, said the crackdown on the media was unnecessary.
“I don’t know why they are clamping down on the media,” he said.
He added it was far better to rely on the press as an indication of “whether you are doing something right” as a government.
Commodore Bainimarama, who seized power in a 2006 bloodless coup, told New Zealand radio Fiji did not need free speech because it “causes trouble”.
He said that freedom of speech must be curbed because it was hindering his reforms.
And he shrugged off criticism of his ongoing media crackdown.
“If we (government and media) had worked together from 2006, we wouldn’t have had that happen to us.
“The circumstances have changed. We now decide what needs to be done for our country, for the reforms that need to be put in place for us to have a better Fiji.
“We want to come up with these reforms, and the last thing we want to do is have opposition to these reforms throughout,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
The latest drama to beset the tiny nation came after the Court of Appeal, led by three Australian judges, last week declared the 2006 coup illegal.
The decision was immediately overturned by President Josefa Iloilo, who sacked the nation’s judges and abolished the constitution before reappointing Commodore Bainimarama as “interim prime minister”.
He also postponed national elections for five years.
The moves have outraged the international community, but Commodore Bainimarama has warned Australia to stay out of Fiji’s affairs. “This is nothing to do with the Australian or New Zealand governments,” he said.
“This is to do with Fiji, and the people of Fiji.”
His defiant position on his neighbours was backed by Mr Rabuka, who having led the two coups in the 1980s as a soldier went on to be prime minister for seven years until 1999.
Mr Rabuka dismissed Mr Smith’s trenchant condemnation of the military rule in Fiji as “hot air”.
“It’s all politicking,” he said. “They are all trying to say the right thing, and (what has been the result) of all the pressures from the international community? Nothing.”
Although Mr Rabuka said he expected the domestic situation in Fiji to remain calm, he feared for the trading future of the country, despite Mr Smith ruling out sanctions being imposed by Australia.
“We can’t operate in a vacuum,” Mr Rabuka said. “It will be very difficult for us to just do our own thing.”
Standard & Poor’s statement yesterday said: “The ratings were lowered in response to Fiji’s deteriorating political environment, which has included the annulment of key appointments under the now-abrogated 1997 Constitution, including that of the governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji and the judiciary.
“The negative rating outlook reflects the likelihood of a further rating downgrade if Fiji’s political settings, external position and growth prospects continue to deteriorate.”
While Mr Rabuka was worried about the trading position, he said it made no difference whether Fiji was a member of the Pacific Islands Forum or not.
“It will have very little effect,” he said.
Additional reporting: Mark Dodd, Paul Maley
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Sydney Morning Herald - Mind your own business, Fijian leader tells critics
April 15, 2009
Mind your own business, Fijian leader tells critics
Jonathan Pearlman Foreign Affairs Correspondent
April 16, 2009

FIJI’S military ruler, Frank Bainimarama, has called on Australia and New Zealand to stay out of the country’s affairs and defended a crackdown on the media as necessary to prevent “irritating and dark” reports that could spoil Fiji’s reputation.
In an address to the military, Commodore Bainimarama, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 2006, said the declaration last week of a 30-day state of emergency was primarily aimed at the media. Since the declaration, officials have heavily censored political stories, deported several foreign journalists and detained a Fijian reporter for 36 hours.
“The emergency regulation is specifically being placed for the media,” he said in an address translated by the Fiji One TV station, “so we can ensure they don’t bring out stories which are irritating and dark about our service in the past few years and to spoil our reputation.”
A court ruling last week that declared the regime illegal was ignored by the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo - a supporter - who sacked the judiciary, dissolved the constitution and declared a 30-day state of emergency.
Commodore Bainimarama denounced the Court of Appeal ruling, saying the three Australian judges who heard the case had written a “52-page judgment in 24 hours”.
“It was obvious they made that decision long before they got to Fiji,” he told New Zealand’s National Radio.
“It was quite clear that all they wanted was to force us to go into elections which we didn’t want under the old system.”
Australia and New Zealand have been leading a diplomatic push across the region to suspend Fiji from the Commonwealth and the Pacific Islands Forum, which said this year the regime should prepare for elections by May 1.
Commodore Bainimarama, who wants electoral changes that he believes will end discrimination against Fiji’s Indian ethnic minority, had said he would hold elections this year but has put back the deadline to 2014.
“This is nothing to do with the Australian Government, not the New Zealand Government; this is to do with Fiji, the people of Fiji,” he said. Posted by rawfijinews
New Zealand Herald Editorial
April 15, 2009
Editorial: Fiji - where bad can only get worse
4:00AM Thursday Apr 16, 2009
Every time it seems Fiji cannot get any worse, it does. Last week its self-appointed government dismissed the country’s Court of Appeal and abolished its constitution. This week, it arrested the Governor of its Reserve Bank. Not only the government but the judicial system, the currency and whole deteriorating economy are now under the direct control of Commodore Frank Bainimarama and his military band.
The dismissal of the court, sometimes staffed by retired New Zealand judges, followed its ruling on a case brought by the deposed Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, against the replacement of his Government in December 2006. A High Court panel which heard the case last year decided the coup was a legitimate use of reserve powers provided in the 1997 Constitution for Fiji’s President to do whatever may be necessary in a crisis.
The Court of Appeal disagreed, ruling President Ratu Josefa Iloilo’s decrees unconstitutional and his appointment of the interim government illegitimate. The court also offered a solution, urging the President to appoint a new interim government that should include neither Mr Qarase nor Commodore Bainimarama and any member of his regime.
The regime is powerful enough to have ignored this judgment and simply soldiered on. Instead, President Iloilo, obviously acting on the commodore’s instructions, sacked the judges, abrogated the constitution, declared himself head of state and re-appointed Commodore Bainimarama interim prime minister.
Interim used to mean pending elections. But in the course of declaring this coup against the judiciary, Ratu Iloilo ruled out an election for at least five years. Now the Pacific Forum can cease pretending that its gentle pressure, let alone its May 1 deadline for progress in that direction, might bring about a return to democracy in the foreseeable future. And the Commonwealth can forget its September deadline. If the organisations do not move to expel Fiji this year they will shed further credibility.
Nothing foreign diplomacy can do, however, could be as effective as the regime’s economic destruction. The arrest of Reserve Bank Governor Savenaca Narbue has been described as an “act of vandalism”. It is certainly an act of idiocy. Nobody can have the slightest confidence in the currency or the resilience of the desperately declining economy if the soldiers have usurped the country’s financial management.
In the absence of an explanation for his arrest it can only be assumed Governor Narbue was being ordered to take steps he knew to be economically disastrous. Commodore Bainimarama’s monetary expertise is probably no better than his diplomatic sense, which we know to be inept.
Changes of government in Australia and New Zealand presented him with an opportunity to reconcile them to his coup. Sanctions applied by previous Governments had brought no sign of progress towards a restoration of democracy. The Key Government was plainly prepared to try a different approach. But it was barely in office before the commodore was threatening to expel New Zealand’s ambassador over a refusal to renew a study visa for an official’s son.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s response was notably mild, but the threat was carried out. Even now, in his comments on the country’s constitutional destruction, Mr McCully’s remarks do not ring with the righteous indignation that used to be heard from Helen Clark and Phil Goff.
But the commodore seems tin-eared to the possibilities. Now that Fiji is more completely under his thumb, its condition can only get worse.
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Ratu Epeli Ganilau and his $1million
April 15, 2009
By islandboy57
Where is the $1million Ratu Epeli Ganilau got from hotelier?
During the 2006 general election, a hotelier Richard Evans of Turtle Island allegedly gave Ratu Epeli one million dollars to fight the election. Guess what bloggers, acording to his own failed candidates (we have e-mails to prove it) he pocketted the money, using parts of it to save his house which was to be re-possessed. Ratu Epeli, get ready to have your sulu lifted, for the whole world to see why you are supporting the coup and the abrogation of the Constitution. God help Fiji form these bunch of thieves
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Frank, where’s the regimental funds money? Epeli Ganilau, will you own up?
April 15, 2009
By Ulukaukau
Two Brigadiers, One Major General, a Commodore and the Fiji Army Funds*(Regimental, Canteen, Benevolent, Health & Life Scheme, RFMF Welfare Funds etc)*In 1987 Brigadier General Epeli Nailatikau was the Commander of the then Royal Fiji Military Forces when he was deposed by Sitiveni Rabuka who made himself a Major General. In 1991 Brigadier General Epeli Ganilau was appointed Commander of the Military. In 1999 Commodore Frank Bainimarama replaced Ganilau as Commander.
All these Commanders kept under their personal watchful eye certain Army Funds whose administration, management and internal audit were kept from public scrutiny by the Auditor General, let alone their own ordinary rank and file men whose wages were and are still being deducted left right and centre, in ignorance to its purpose and disbursement.
Under Ganilau’s watch in 1997, the Auditor General requested access to the records and accounts of the army funds, which request was denied by Ganilau. Since 2000 Bainimarama also followed his predecessor’s defiance to disclose same for public scrutiny.
Between January 2000 (High Court), August 2003 (Court of Appeal), and September 2004 (Supreme Court) our entire Judiciary held that the Auditor General was legally required to audit the various funds as they were ‘public funds’ held in ‘trust’ by a ‘public officer’, namely the Commander, for purposes other than the purposes of government. It also held that the Commander was legally required to grant access to the records and accounts of the funds for audit purposes to the Auditor General.As we all know, it is now 2009, and no such access nor audit has taken place. Such is the transparency advocated by the Illegal regime of Commanders (less the Major General).
Since the audit will never occur, I suggest that each and every soldier as far back as the Nailatikau era to the Frankenstein one should request a refund of all deductions towards the army funds from their wages all these years.
If we take a hypothetical scenario that may equate to 10000 soldiers × $10 × 26 pays × 36 years = $93,600,000….plus interest of course….I’m just saying????
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Is Frank’s guilty conscience revealing itself here? …. Stay tuned for more
April 15, 2009
Bainimarama says Military to watch spending - exclusive to Riyaz Khaiyum’s Fiji Broadcasting Commission
Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Bainimarama is now shaking up the Fiji Military Forces about their budgetary spending.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is now shaking up the Fiji Military Forces about their budgetary spending, the retirement age and the criticisms leveled at him and several senior military officers for taking money from the number of leave days owed to them. The Regimental Parade is another forum where the interim Prime Minister Bainimarama uses to make big announcements concerning the nation. And today, HE PUT his very own Military institution under the spotlight. Speaking in Fijian, Bainimarama warned military officers to stop any unnecessary spending from the military forces budget. He says, that if orders are to be made from private companies, it has to be done because the Military needs it and not because the company needs it. Bainimarama also told the soldiers that he is willing to return part of the $100,000 he was paid last year for the number of days of leave owed to him. He says that he has instructed the Military’s legal officer Colonel Mohammed Aziz to re-look at this, and if he is to return the money, he will.In the same breathe, Bainimarama says that he has given the Permanent Secretaries leeway to retain civil servants over the 55-year retirement age if they feel they still can contribute to their respective Ministries and Departments. But he says this is subject to his approval.
RFN says - This statement by Frank Bainimarama today is very revealing indeed. We have posted it here because this is key to why Frank is behaving the way he is. As the good book says, what comes out of the mouth is from the heart. In case you are still lost at this point and a bit of a tube light, we can tell you that Frank’s hardtalk captured here by no other media outlet but FBC is not accidental. Frank is talking about something that is bothering him. It is eating his insides and we will soon reveal to you why. The military and police officers are now telling it like it is and in their own words, they will tell Fiji and the world why Frank conducted the coups of 2000, 2006 and 2009.
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LAWASIA concern for Fiji
April 15, 2009
April 14, 2009LAWASIA, the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific, has observed recent developments in Fiji with concern not only for rule of law and the independence of the judiciary but also for the democratic and human rights of the people of Fiji. Recent action that has seen the abrogation of Fiji’s Constitution and dismissal of some members the country’s judiciary represents a debasement of the rule of law in Fiji and offers no solutions to the complex legal and political challenges produced by Fiji’s history of coups. Further, the delay of another five years before Fiji citizens are able to elect their own government is an unacceptable suspension of their democratic rights. LAWASIA calls on Fiji’s military rulers to respect the decision of the country’s Court of Appeal and urges the President of Fiji to appoint an independent caretaker Prime Minister to take the country to democratic elections as soon as possible. LAWASIA, in addition, records its concern at reports of media censorship and calls on the current administration in this time of crisis to facilitate a free flow of information to Fiji’s citizens as well as to those outside the country who have concern for Fiji’s future. LAWASIA considers that the continued assaults on the rule of law in Fiji may have far-reaching consequences for the economic and political future of the country. It calls on the current administration to engage productively with the legal community both inside and outside Fiji to form a better understanding of how rule of law can be restored before further damage results. GLENN FERGUSONPRESIDENT
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Law Council Calls for Adherence to the Rule of Law in Fiji
April 15, 2009
The Law Council of Australia has expressed its concern at recent political developments in Fiji, saying the events represent a direct affront to the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the democratic process.The President of the Law Council, John Corcoran, said, “Respect for the rule of law is fundamental in any democratic society and is also of critical importance to the stability of Fiji.”
The Fiji Court of Appeal ruled unanimously on 9 April that the interim Fiji Government was unlawfully constituted.
The only responsible course of action to be taken by the President in such circumstances was to call an immediate election.“We are concerned that instead of calling an election, President Iloilo has suspended the constitution, dismissed the entire judiciary and reappointed Commodore Bainimarama as Prime Minister,” Mr Corcoran said. “The actions of President Iloilo pose a direct threat to the rule of Law in Fiji and cannot be justified on any basis,” he said.
The Law Council has also voiced its strong support for the Fiji Law Society after its President, Mr Dorsami Naidu, was yesterday reportedly arrested and held overnight.
Mr Corcoran said the Law Council recognised the brave and longstanding efforts of the Fiji Law Society and its members to upholding the rule of law in Fiji.
“The lawyers of Fiji have regularly demonstrated their support for the rule of law by their actions not just their words,” he said.
“The Law Council joins with the international community of lawyers in supporting Mr Naidu and the efforts of the Fiji Law Society in seeking the reinstatement of the judiciary, an end to the suspension of the constitution and, at the earliest practical opportunity, the holding of a free and fair election,” Mr Corcoran concluded.
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Regime takes over Unit Trust of Fiji
April 15, 2009
By a source
Government has appointed three civil servants to be new Trustees of Unit Trust of Fiji giving Government control in both the manager and trustee roles within the Unit Trust. The move is the first of its kind within the financial sector and unit trust industry in Fiji whereby the same person (in this case, Government) has control of both the manager and the trustee of a unit trust - a move which is in breach of the Fiji Unit Trust Act. The move has seen the previous Trustees appointment revoked by the Minister of Finance last week. Things have been building up in this regard after the former Trustees had been raising a number of issues regarding management of the Trust - one of which is the substantial volume of non-performing investments. Something that cannot be reconciled with the fact that the manager’s fee for the last years have been over $1.3 million each year - and not tired to how the investments perform. It is now up to the unitholders who invest with the Unit Trust of Fiji to decide on whether they can rely on Government to look after its interests, both as Manager and Trustee, to manage their investments. Otherwise, they are at liberty to “vote with their feet” and take their investments elsewhere

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