Monday, April 27, 2009

Tucake nai Taukei me Vuaviritaki na Matanitu nei Voreqe

Iliesa Duvuloco & others still detained by Teleni’s police
April 27, 2009
We can confirm that Iliesa Duvuloco and three others are still detained by Teleni’s police.
Sources from Fiji say the group were taken in, accused as writers of a Fijian vernacular notice we received and posted on this blog.
These sources say that the document was widely distributed in Fiji.
Interpreters say the notice is calling on the native Fijians to war against Frank for the sake of their country.
Meanwhile, Fiji mainstream media remain silent on Duvuloco and others detainment except for Frank’s Broadcasting Commission, that radio stationed headed by Aiyaz Khaiyum’s brother, Riyaz.
The NGOs are all quiet and so are other blogs on Duvuloco’s arbitrary detainment.
Perhaps someone in Fiji can ask those close to Duvuloco to send their insider stories to the international media or to bloggers for the sake of their safety.
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Can Aiyaz Khaiyum stop hiding and face complaints against him?
April 27, 2009
By bh90210
Aiyaz’s comments on the fijilive website on the Legal Services Commission he intends to set up states that this will be a state funded Commission.
Well, meet the hows and cans!!
How can the Commission be independent and impartial when persecuting complaints against him, subject to statistics, as the 91st case?
Can he provide us proof of biasness of the Disciplinary Committees set up by the Society in previous cases?
How can he lead us young lawyers and the public to presume that lawyers of standing who have been members of such committees did not discharge their duties independently and impartially?
First things first, the fact is, legal services will only improve if the public has confidence in the courts.
He must remember, “it is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
If he’s reading this, ‘can you picture the wise man who spoke these words? Can you????’
He fought an empire…obviously you can’t now!!! It’s the other way round…you’re with the Empire.
I challenge you Aiyaz, do some legal work for a change and let’s argue the presidential powers to abrogate the CX 1997.
Winner takes all…I’ll take your scalp anytime…
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Fiji in a dangerous vacuum
April 27, 2009
The vacuum that Aiyaz Khaiyum is creating in Fiji is getting dangerous by the day.
Fiji is a pariah state.
Innocent civilians continue to be hauled in by the police if they are perceived to be a threat to Frank.
The latest is nationalist Duvuloco.
Sources say he and a few others have been held in custody since last week.
It is alleged that they are planning “something”.
Obviously that something must be so dangerous to Frank’s survival to warrant their unreported detainment which has gone well beyond the 48 hours without laying any charges.
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Frank’s talk to hire new graduates is a lie - he has little money
April 27, 2009
With the bowing out of about 4,000 this week from Fiji’s bulky public service, Frank has validated his draconian move by saying that they have to make way for the new young energetic graduates, an important target group he is working very hard to appease for his future political career.
But letting go of the old and saying hello to the new is not necessarily what Frank has in mind, eventhough he is using it for now as a convenient “feel good” message for the younger generation.
Frank’s rhetorics is all but a lie.
The truth is that he has sweet eff all to pay the public servants wages bill, therefore, his promise to hire new graduates is nonsense.
New graduates should keep a tab on Frank’s promise and should continue pursuing him about it.
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Shameem sisters trying to make good?
April 27, 2009
RFN my sources advise that Shaista has been blogging and trying to goose step together with her sister from all this. We must not let them go they removed the CJ and issued the 2007 report justifying the coup in 2006. This is key, if Franks islamic advisers leave him he will collapse and have no choice but to restore the constitution. If, however he retains them in the shadows and if no judges get sworn in then he will demolish the present legal system and later the westminister style of government and impose martial law across the board. This will be the disguise of Sharia Law in Fiji. I am working on a strategy for the US to arrest and investigate Dr Sahu Khan and these people should they leave Fiji that will be with you guys on Tuesday. In the meantime keep the faith we are nearly there.
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Niko Nawaikula sets the record straight - you decide!
April 27, 2009
According to an item posted on this site, I am broke, unprincipled, I have closed office and have been offered a lucrative postion in the interim regime.
All wrong! and whoever wrote that does not understand this “boy ni na’oro” brought in Buca Village, and very proud of it, on draunimoli and tavioka for breakfast and throughout primary school and who value’s the non-commercial subsistance life of his village and who, apparently is already planning on retiring there.
Seems my comment, which was intended as a private opinion and advise was taken out of context. This is now fuuly re-produced here
The President
Fiji Law Society
Attention: Dorsami Naidu –
Re: My thoughts
Thank you for asking me for my thoughts on the current impasse. I suggest you contact as many lawyers as you can to assist you in your decision.
As to what the members of the Law Society should do when the courts are reinstated under a new order the following is what I think and suggest.
i) We musty maintain continuity and we continue to practice and appear at the courts to profess and maintain our oath to protect and maintain the law at all times.
ii) We are practitioners of and under the Constitution no matter what and we continue to be, even if we are forced by duress to support the new order.
iii) We consider all who sit at the bench as judges and magistrates to be of the Constitution and we understand some of them may have been forced under duress to submit to the new order.
We maintain the above position because we know the Constitution represents the will of the people, it is enduring notwithstanding the purported abrogation and we are guided in this by the observations of the Chief Justice, Anthony Gates in Koroi v Commissioner for Inland Revenue [2001] FJHC 138; where he observed;
i) “The Constitution’s very indestructibility is part of its strength. It is not possible for any man to tear up the Constitution. He has no authority to do so. The Constitution remains in place until amended by Parliament, a body of elected members who collectively represent all of the voters and inhabitants of Fiji.
ii) In this respect, it has the quality of the Holy Books. The books themselves may be torn up, but the precepts and the teachings are indestructible, memorized by their adherents. The man lying tortured on the rack may be forced to say whatever his torturers may wish him to say, but his inner thoughts remain unchanged.
iii) Usurpers may take over as they have in other jurisdictions and in some cases rule for many years apparently outside of, or without the Constitution. Eventually the original order has to be re-visited and the Constitution resurfaces.
iv) Unruly persons are unlikely to seek validation for their usurpations from judges. Nor should the courts give their sanction when application is eventually made under the doctrine of effectiveness, for there is no moral force behind it.” (see page 10-11 of his judgement.
I re-affirm my support to you as President and to the Council and undertake to abide by whatever decision you make.
Yours Faithfully
Niko Nawaikula
Cc: Secretary, Fiji Law Society –
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Aiyaz Khaiyum admits his own survival depends on upper judiciary
April 26, 2009
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said naming new judges was key in gaining the confidence of Fiji’s citizens and of other states.
“That is a priority and an issue that the interim regime needs to address and address well, because it really is a cornerstone of our survival,” he told Radio New Zealand National.
So who are the takers of Aiyaz’s judge fishing bait which is also serving as his own life line?
Latest from juntawood is that Aiyaz is not too successful in convincing majority of Fiji’s judges to follow his lead to the hanging gallow.
Colonel Aziz Mohammed is now hotly rumoured to be sworn in as Department of Public Prosecution head replacing displaced Naigulevu.
Aziz was once earmarked to be one of the High Court judges but that has changed after Naigulevu got pushed out by Aiyaz.
Anthony Gates is believed to be packing his stuff sending a very strong signal that he doesn’t agree with Aiyaz’s advice to Frank to try and strangle the 1997 constitution.
We say, good on you Gates! Stick to your ethics and don’t give in to a junior twisted legal eagle Aiyaz Khaiyum who has brought disrepute to Fiji’s rule of law.
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President should be voted in by the people not by GCC
April 26, 2009
I’m sorry but these types of comments don’t help (ulukaukau’s ”the real root cause of Fiji’s problem”) - they simply demonstrate the writer’s lack of constructive debate.
Fiji would have changed whether Ratu Mara wanted it to or not. With more educated young people coming on stream there was bound to come a time when those referred to as Ratu Mara’s “most trusted” would have had to face questions and his stronghold on political power tested. This was so in 1987 when the Fiji Labour Party, born out of a union between trade unionists and academics won the elections.
I think it would be grossly unfair to infer Ratu Mara had a hand in the 1987 coup. Only Sitiveni Rabuka knows the truth and he should have the courage to tell it now so that we can move Fiji forward.
The 1970 Constitution was one of the best for this country. It provided for democracy which suited reality on the ground here in Fiji and at the same time guranteed i-taukei rights to their land and resources. It provided for equal representation betwen the two major races and gave the “balance of power” to the minority to ensure political stability.
Rabuka’s appeal to the i-taukei that they would lose their birth-rights as a result of Labour’s win in 1987 was a red herring. The 1970 Constitution ensured the Labour Party could not effect any change to things Fijian because the Senate was stacked with representatives of the Great Council of Chiefs who had to agree with any such changes. One might argue that under a true democracy the 1970 Constitution was discriminatory because it had safeguards for the i-taukei. However, as I said, looking at the situation on the ground, it was a perfectly democratic piece of legislation and it recognised the rights of non-Fijians to live, do business and to enjoy all the benefits the state had to offer. The 1970 Constitution was a document that could have been amended to consider Fiji’s political evolution - there was no need to throw it out and have it replaced by the 1997 Constitution.
All our troubles since 1987 seem to stem around the 1997 Constituion and this is because it legislates racism/racial divisions not just within the political arena but within its other provisions entrenching the supremacy of the i-taukei. The post of President being reserved for Fijians being a case in point. The 1997 Constittuion cemented the racial divide betwen the i-taukei and the Indo-Fijians and went further by allowing for the creation of division amongst the i-taukei through the introduction of provincial/rural seats.
So, yes, our situation is complex. However, there was no need for the military to intervene politically. With the abrogation of the 1970 Constitution and again of the 1997 Constittuion, we have a situation now where there is nothing but rule by Decree/Legal Notices backed up by the power of the military. This is not democracy but dictatorship and no amount of paint-overs will convince me that we’re not headed for economic destruction because of the stupidity of a few.
If there are lessons to be learned there’s one that stands out like a sore thumb. We cannot have a President nominated to the position in the future. We will need to ELECT our President and we will also need to ensure our legislation is not so ambiguous that it provides him/her with the means to self-interprete his/her role.
God Bless Fiji.
The Oracle
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Frank Bainimarama’s noisy wake-up birthday call
April 26, 2009
By a blogger
This morning, Mon 27 April, the high profile residential area of Muanikau was awakened to the sound of the military band with their rendition of HAPPY BIRTHDAY along with 3 cheers and then the tune of Congratulations. All this between 5.45 and 6am. But it didn’t stop there, after that it was an early moning kava session…..some people are lucky
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Many 55 years retirees expected to withdraw lumpsum
April 26, 2009
We have been reliably told that most of the civil servants who will be vacating their offices this Thursday have opted to withdraw their lumpsum retirement funds from FNPF.
The reported 4,000 Fijian people who will become jobless this week will all look to their FNPF money as their safety net to catch them as they get thrown out by Frank and Aiyaz.
Sources from FNPF say that many have already lodged their application to fully withdraw all their retirement money.
These members feel that it is not safe to keep their money with FNPF due to the current political climate there.
Will FNPF allow them to go away with their lumpsum?
We hope so!
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Christopher Pyrde’s reappointment defence hollow
April 26, 2009
New Zealander Christopher Pyrde says he wants to stay on in Fiji as Solicitor General because he wants to restore rule of law.
Which rule of law?
The 1997 Constitution?
Of course Pyrde is not referring to the 1997 constitution but the new order that he and Aiyaz are still having a tough time finding ingredients for.
We rebuke Pyrde and his assertions of soughts in wanting to appear as Fiji’s rule of law savior coz he ain’t about rule of law, Pyrde is a pervert who rapes Fiji’s law.
Hear this one out Christopher Pryde and hear it good.
You stripped a law-abiding, highly competent local Fijian from his Solicitor General’s job.
And let us tell you Pyrde that there are many able locals who can do that job better than you can.
The very fact that you are there, getting paid by oppressed taxpayers, for a job that can be easily done by a local, just shows how unprincipled you are.
You are simply a corrupt legal vulture - preying on the unfortunate circumstances prevailing in Fiji.
You were appointed there by Frank’s illegal military regime.
You knew who Frank & Co. were and how they killed and harmed people to get power, yet you willingly invited yourself to join them under the guise of their clean-up campaign cum electoral reform new order now “rule of law”.
Don’t ever talk about rule of law in Fiji coz you don’t qualify nor a good role model to those law-abiding meek Fijians.
But be prepared for your defence when the people of Fiji will take you, Frank and Aiyaz to task very very soon.
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Court of appeal ruling was for the rule of law and for the Fiji peoples
April 26, 2009
By comment8r
Firstly let me thank Oracle and radiolucas for their constructive responses to my ealier posting.
An appeal is not generally “de-novo”. A court of appeal have the transcripts of the initial decision (in this case that of Gates then CJ).
The court of appeal were able to review the decision with the benefit of additional research prior to making their own judgment. Frank may be right in saying that they had already made up their minds in advance. That is a moot point.
Most thorough Judges would have educated themselves on the history of the matter. They cannot be expected to arrive in the country on Monday with no prior knowledge of the matter and make a decision three days later. I have the greatest repsect for the three Sydney barristers who were the court of appeal. For Frank to suggest that they made the decision on the spot or in advance is not an issue.His points are irrelevant.
The Court of Appeal were independent, not politically motivated and they took a risk in going to Fiji in the first place. Like any competent legal practitioner the “rule of law” and the people of Fiji were their driving reasons for accepting their appointments.
Bearing this in mind, the stay argument was rendundant. As pointed out by Oracle and radiolucas, there was sufficient time for the President to make temporary governance arrangements before issuing the election writs.
VB would then be able to do what he does best - Secure the nation from any power vacuum and in so doing allow for the restoration of democracy.
As I said in my responses to Oracle and radiolucas I have attempted to remain neutral. In doing so, I received articulate responses. Responses that contained no personal malice. Responses that were sound and reasonable. While it is not a matter of taking sides it is a matter of restoring the rule of law.
VB’s comments on the court of appeal decision and 54 page judgment (on TVNZ) are without validity. The decision was sound. Democracy demanded that the decision be followed and applied.
I was shocked that the NZ Law Society Prsident condemned any recent judicial appointment then supported the appointement of the Solicitor General. Perhaps Oracle and radiolucas could persuade him gently that you cannot have it both ways.
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Frank Bainimarama’s 55th birthday a slap on the face for 55 years and over citizens
April 26, 2009
Today is tyrant Frank Bainimarama’s 55th birthday!
If it was Pita Driti, Ului Mara or their officers whose birthday it was today, they would have been required by Frank and Aiyaz’s new law to retire by Thursday.
But because it is Frank Bainimarama, the Commander of the RFMF, the new law allows him to work for another decade, during which time some of his senior officers like Driti would have gone past the 55 years retirement threshold, demanding them to leave.
While Mary gets busy today organizing her husband’s birthday bash, we’re told that Pita Driti and Ului Mara are at great odds with Frank regarding the 55 years retirement age requirement imposed on them and their troops.
And rightfully so.
We say, good on Driti and Ului to demand that no special treatment be accorded to Frank with his 65 years prejudicial retirement age as compared to their 55 years.
We agree with Driti and Ului’s argument - that if Frank dishonors the 55 years old retirement law, then he should step down as Commander and let Driti take over and Ului become the landforce commander.
Frank can not have it both ways.
Driti and Ului must not allow Frank to continue using the military institution as his political enabler.
If Frank wants to be a politician, then he must be man enough to fight the fight on a level playing field and let Driti and Ului handle the defence forces.
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The root cause of Fiji’s problems?
April 26, 2009
By ulukaukau
This is so true if we look back even prior to our 1970 independence, what you describe as a ‘tiny minority’ were all very influential people who enabled Ratu Mara to become Chief Minister and shape policy in Fiji by being his most trusted friends. They were almost all distinguised lawyers.
But when Bavadra won in 1987 for the first time it took away their control on shaping Fijis future. So when our High Chief was down in his spirits a ‘seed’ was planted in his head, an idea that would change the course of Fijis history forever.
Of course they needed a military commander to do the job, but the commander never knew them, nor met them nor did he ever know where the initial ‘seed’ originated from. Rabuka adopted it as his own idea, wrote a book and continued to rule under the guidance of Ratu Mara who continued to obtain his comfort from the same ‘tiny minority’.
Ironically in 2000 the same ‘tiny minority’ had being caught off-guard by that coup which is why everyone that was charged went to jail lock stock and barrel, including our High Chiefs, under Nazhat Shameems control over the DPP Jo and her continued abuse of Anthony Gates friendship.
Although the ‘tiny minority’ tried to regain control when Qarase came into power through Dr Nur Bano Ali and Dr. Sahu Khan in the background, it was not effective because Lai had a far more superior brilliant lawyer named QB on his side, which this ‘tiny minority’ could not fool, as he would read them a mile away.
So Nazhat Shameem began to pillow talk and lay the ‘new seed’ and prep the commander Frank for what would occur when Epeli looses the 2006 elections and Qarase wins again. They also had the Directeor Legal Army Services Aziz in the inside to become Commander of the FMF when the time came.
All the wonderful women agents of the ‘tiny minority’ pillow talked with our knight in shining armor Commissioner of Police Hughes for Intelligence gathering purposes on the impending charges to be laid against Frank.
Meanwhile Nazhat would still be in control of her apprentice the DPP Jo as his personal life at this time was in shambles with his wife’s infidelity. Nazhat was holding Franks balls on the other hand.
All that was needed was to provoke Qarase whom Nur did not do a good enough blow job on.
When the time came for peace talks in NZ while Nazhat accompanied Frank on the same plane, her sister Shaista and her good old uncle Dr Sahu Khan after consolidating research conducted in London by their ‘global network’ were ready with the Fiji Human Rights Commission Report on hand to justify the 2006 coup.
They also called in the young ambitious Aiyas and blessed him with the new role of Attorney General.
The swearing in ceremonies in 2006 began and the rest as you know is history.
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Better to have the rule of law with problems than to have no rule of law with oppression
April 26, 2009
By Comment8r
Well stated Oracle. Your comments are indeed constuctive. If we go back to December 2006 then your constructive advice if applied may have prevented the entire episode. Had VB allowed his concerns to be fully debated in parliament then democracy would determine the outcomes (right or wrong.
The Document that appeared to provide a catalyst for VB in 2006 “The Fiji Islands: Towards a United Future” was only tabled in parliament. There was time for ammendments or a re-think. It was in the vested interest of the two major political powers to take steps to improve the electoral system. It certainly was not quite a ” Mokotso ” situation in December 2006.
While I have tried desperately to understand all sides in the current situation your posting has helped clarify my “opinion” to some extent.
This comment8r’s conclusion = Better too have the rule of law with problems than to have no rule of law with oppression.
I also agree that God helps those that help themselves. He requires us to make the first movement, allbeit miniscule, before His help kicks in.
Please continue to post constructive comments. I can see no ready solutions to this crisis now.
Your username is apt indeed !!!
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Fiji diplomatic maneuverings
April 25, 2009
By Hartsell - Global Voices Online
On Monday, April 20, members of United Nations Security Council called the abrogation of Fiji’s constitution and the firing of its judiciary a “step backwards” and declared the country should hold elections as soon as possible.
Two UN human rights experts testified before the Security Council, appealing to Frank Bainimarama’s regime to restore the judiciary and human rights, especially the return of freedom of expression to the country’s media. They also called on Fiji’s government to cease deporting foreign journalists.
A few of Fiji’s bloggers blasted the UN for issuing statements that produced no concrete results such as trade sanctions.
A post at Stuck in Fiji M.U.D. compares media coverage with the UN’s dealing with Fiji coverage and that of the UN Global Conference on Racism.
Soon as the UN Security Council issued their non-binding statement on Fiji, some segments in the Australian media, namely ABC were quick to pounce on the statement and wove in the story line, some unverified reports of shredding of legal documents and the article speculates at best that, the UN Security Council statement, was solely based on this shredding allegation, attributed to a posting on Intelligentsiya blog.

What was relative stark omission from the Trans-Tasman media was the coverage of the UN Global Conference on Racism, currently being held in Geneva. Apparently, the conference got off to a shaky start amid the walk out of several diplomats due to comments of Iran’s President on Israel. The US boycotted the conference because it could not agree to the language of the joint communique by the Conference of Racism, that was severely critical of Israel.
Perhaps the UN Security Council statement on Fiji, may not reflect the total consensus of the UN, judging from the Geneva walkout. This walkout in Geneva also a reminder of the political horse trading within the institution, by some member nations who will send smaller nations to the ‘Head master’s office’ vis a vis Fiji; yet turn a bling eye to more egregious crimes against humanity.
Shortly after the Security Council’s statement on Fiji’s military government, New Zealand’s foreign minister called the body “utterly hypocritical” for continuing to employ soldiers from Fiji in different peacekeeping missions around the world.
Calling the United Nations “an unethical bloated fat cat,” a post at Raw Fiji News agrees with the foreign minister’s assessment.
We fully support New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister McCully in calling the UN “hypocritical” in their continued hiring of Fijian soldiers to some of their UN peacekeeping missions.
In our view, the UN is simply a bloated fat lazy cat, full of hierarchies and filled with over-schooled impractical paper pushing people who think they can solve the problems of the world from their armchair, armed with their voluminous out-of-touch reports.
Basic moral values of disciplining oppressive dictators like Frank & Co. by simply returning his military henchmen back to their coconut trees in Fiji is soo simple, yet too hard for these wannabe experts at UN to figure out.
So what’s the problem UN?
If UN can’t lead by example, then by golly keep your friggin mouths shut, you bunch of hypocritical paper shufflers!!!
Tui Savu writes a post at the Solivakasama Worldwide Movement calling for the creation of a coalition of the willing against Fiji’s regime.
I challenge the US, UN, EU, UK, Australia and NZ Governments to act justly, responsibly and condemn Fiji’s illegal junta not only with words, but reinforced with smart sanctions.
For example, it could impose smart sanctions such as refusing Josefa Iloilo to come to Australia for his regular Medical Treatment, withdrawing of Aid, withdrawal of Military troops seconded by the illegal Fiji Military to the UN and US led Forces; criminalise all its citizens who have sworn illegal oaths to the illegal Fijian junta, travel bans on everyone connected with this illegal junta, etc. This is the only language a rouge government knows, which is a well known fact, so why pretend otherwise?
The innocent victims in Fiji are already being disadvantaged whether sanctions are imposed or not, so it makes very little difference to them, however if smart sanctions are not taken against the illegal Fijian junta now, then their miseries and woes will only turn into despair. The innocent victims can accept short term suffering if it sees hope at the end of the tunnel, but will wallow in despair, if they see no hope, as in the current situation.
I urge the US, UN, EU, UK, Australia and NZ on behalf of the Solivakasama Worldwide Movement to be part of its Coalition of the willing and act together to topple the illegal junta in Fiji, restore democracy and the rule of law in Fiji now and not wait until it is too late to intervene.
In related news, Real FIJI News supports Australia’s decision to take a “soft approach” to Fiji’s regime and rules out imposing sanctions.
Vinaka Australia, did China get you a bit worried? This is definitely a step in the right direction.
During the weekend of April 10, Fiji’s president nullified the constitution, fired the judiciary and appointed the government of Frank Bainimarama to a five-year term. This came in response to appeals court decision that Bainimarama came to power illegally in December 2006.
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Aiyaz Khaiyum misleading Frank Bainimarama
April 25, 2009
It has emerged that certain members of the Fijian judiciary and bar have raised serious concerns relating to in-experienced Aiyaz Khaiyum’s influence on Frank Bainimarama.
They are concerned that Aiyaz had misled Frank when he adviced him that Iloilo had no other alternative but to try and abrogate the 1997 constitution.
Word is that the abrogation of the constitution was never entertained by Frank’s “other” advicers who were shocked to learn via the media when Iloilo announced it on Easter Friday.
It is said that Aiyaz adviced Frank to act immediately fearing that the military were going to force Frank to step down following the appeals court ruling against him.
Frank was feeling jittery as well given his already weak standing at QEB.
Sources say they doubted the military council were part of the decision to annul the constitution and that Aiyaz acted alone in instructing Frank to move fast before someone else moved in on them.
Aiyaz Khaiyum is said to have lost some of his very close wigged acquintances on that same Easter Friday - wigged friends who acted as his bouncing board for important legal advice on how to keep propping up coupster Frank.
Now that they have rebuked Aiyaz for his part in the annulment of the constitution, Aiyaz Khaiyum can be said to be on his own right now with his solicitor in waiting, Chris Pryde, by his side, collecting his illegal taxpayers salary as an “administrator” to the AG’s office.
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The ROOT CAUSE of Fiji’s coups
April 25, 2009
The “Root Cause” of Fiji’s Coups.
By Budhaa747
Islam, derived from the root word ‘salaam’ means ‘peace’ through submission to Allah’s (Gods) will.
So I would be grossly naïve to make a general proposition linking the religion of Islam with Terror. That is simply not the case.
However, a ‘tiny minority’ misinterpret some suras (chapters) in the Qur’an to commit violence and terror as we have witnessed in New York, Mumbai, Beslan (Russia), Kenya, Madrid, London, Bali and recently in Pakistan against people of all faiths including muslims.
Sharia Law, critics say, demonizes non-muslims, moderate muslims and homosexuals. It has already been adopted to co-exist in parts of the common law world, albeit in its moderate form, including the United Kingdom.
Generally speaking, the main purpose of the Taliban is to impose by force Sharia Law locally (Pakistan/Afghanistan).
Al Queda which was formed in Egypt have a much greater cause on a globally scale, because they view the modern world together with the values and freedoms of western democracy as evil.
The Bible, the Ramyan and the Qu’ran all teach us to love one another and they all have one theme in common, that is the triumph of Good over Evil.
The danger is that when a ‘tiny minority’ (Al Queda) misinterpret the suras in the Qu’ran and forcefully impose (Taliban) the strict interpretation of Sharia Law, this leads to a Jihad as-sayf (Holy War) using the sword.
So what am I getting at?
For the Al Queda to impose Sharia Law across the world, one needs to eradicate Christianity (largest religion in the world) and Hinduism (third largest religion).
Our Fiji is a country where a ‘tiny minority’ can manipulate the majority in the shadows and rule.
Therein lies the answer to our “root cause” which has manifested now but which has been with us since the days of the Late Honourable Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, the father of our Nation, in the shadows.
The contemporary, ‘tiny minority’ of ostensibly malefic persons, the likes of Aiyaz Sayed-Kayum, Shaista and Nazhat Shameem, Mohammed Aziz, and the Sahu Khans connived, conspired and condoned the events leading up to and following the act of treason in 2006 and 2009 for a much greater purpose than the ‘ordinary reasonable person’ can comprehend, myself included.
It is their duty to a global jihad, as extremist, pure deceptive, vicious wolves.
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Niko Nawaikula’s ethics questioned
April 24, 2009
That Niko Nawaikula dude is a confused lawyer.
What happened to him?
Did he have a falling out with Qarase or is he purely broke, scared to death that the delayed formation of the upper judiciary and the various boycotts that will follow with some ethical lawyers refusing to appear before the judges and magistrates, is just too much for Niko’s holed pocket?
Has Niko been offered some lucrative regime legal business in return for such a ludicrious statement he made supporting the abrogation of the 1997 constitution?
He should save everyone the trouble and just admit that he’s broke.
That he needs clients money to pay his mortgage, his car hire purchase and what not, and never you mind the 1997 constitution he was tirelessly fighting for Qarase at some stage.
Hypocrites like Niko Nawaikula have no place in the new Fiji.
Our word of advice to Niko - bro, you in the wrong profession. Go do something else.
You definitely lack the ethics required to be what we can consider as a principled lawyer!
We also suggest that no one there in Fiji give business to warped lawyers like Niko.
Let his business suffer for his inability to wait things out that are consistent with the spirit of the 1997 constitution.
Niko is a typical bush lawyer!
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Deadline approaches and the heart of the Pacific begins to miss a beat - Sydney Morning Herald
April 24, 2009
Cynthia BanhamApril 24, 2009
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The Pacific Islands Forum without Fiji is like Europe without France or Australia without NSW. Fiji is the Pacific’s geographic - and to many, the psychological - heart.
Yet this time next week, its suspension from the forum is virtually guaranteed. It will not belong to the regional body it was so instrumental in establishing in 1971. A Fijian leader, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, agitated for an indigenous South Pacific regional organisation, not run by the colonial powers. Will it be a Fijian who brings it undone?
Some observers say suspending Fiji could trigger shifting the secretariat from Suva and spell the end of a 30-year-long project in Pacific regionalism.
At the least, it will set back attempts to create a more harmonised, integrated and economically sustainable region, including ambitions for a free trade agreement. But what choice do forum members have?
The deadline set by forum leaders in January for Fiji’s military regime to set a date for democratic elections is May 1.
Since it was set, the political situation has only deteriorated - this month, Fiji’s constitution was abrogated and the judiciary sacked.
The forum’s chairman, Niue’s Premier, Toke Talagi, consulted fellow forum leaders about the response.
Our Prime Minister was unequivocal. Fiji should be suspended. New Zealand concurred.
But some of the smaller island states were more reticent, questioning whether Australia and New Zealand wield too much influence.
The likes of Kiribati and Tuvalu, so dependent on Fiji for their very existence, fear a backlash from the regime of Frank Bainimarama.
Many Fijians and non-government organisations worry that making Fiji a pariah will only provoke the dictator.
But Fiji’s suspension seems assured.
Yesterday Talagi repeated the January resolution to the Herald.
“The only variation to this that I have sought from leaders is whether given the recent events if we need to act earlier,” he said. “The answer to this is to wait until the deadline.”
Fiji has long been the region’s economic, transport and administrative hub. It has the most sophisticated economy of the island states, second in size only to Papua New Guinea, and 20 per cent of its gross domestic product comes from tourism.
The smaller islands rely on Fiji for their links to the outside world. Some depend completely on Fijian airlines for all passenger flights and the transport of essential goods.
Fiji is home to the regional university, the University of the South Pacific, regarded as containing the region’s intellectual firepower, and it hosts international organisations such as the United Nations Development Program’s regional office, the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission, and other NGOs.
Those organisations are based in Suva for the same reasons the forum secretariat is there; it has the infrastructure to support them.
However with the imminent suspension of Fiji from the forum comes the prospect the secretariat itself could leave Suva - or be kicked out.
There is great concern about what such a move would mean for other regional institutions in Suva, such as the university.
Such a move would subject Fijians to yet more pain.
It would also be costly and cause further delays to the other important work of the forum.
Implementing the Pacific Plan, adopted by forum leaders in 2005, aims to create better co-operation and integration among the states, so they have a better chance of surviving.
Australian officials do not think the relocation will happen but are developing contingency plans to move to other states. Top of the list are Vanuatu and PNG, the latter not being a great option because of its security issues and the difficulty of obtaining real estate.
However relocation is clearly on Talagi’s mind. He told the Herald he worries for the safety of his staff. “It is prudent that the forum evaluate and analyse the cost-benefits of remaining in Fiji and if appropriate shift to a more politically stable and similarly central location.”
Fiji’s decline into a military dictatorship is a tragedy not just for Fijians but also for the region, compounded by the global financial crisis.
It poses many challenges for Australia, which as the biggest power in the region will have to pick up the pieces should some of the smaller regional economies - and that of Fiji - collapse as a result of Bainimarama’s exploits.
The work of building a more viable region will go on. Without Fiji, it will not be the same.
Cynthia Banham is the Herald’s diplomatic editor and a journalist-in-residence at the ANU’s Department of International Relations.

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