Wednesday, November 04, 2009

It is Frank's Illegal Government that is Shameful!

PM labels Aussie tactics as shameful

www.fijisun.com.fj - 4/11/2009


Sai's Comments:
  • What is wrong with Australia or any other nation giving advance warning to those who wish to take up appointments in Fiji about the consequences for them and their families? That is what is regarded as being honest and truthful about the policies in place and how it would impact on them.
  • That should be clear as day to any right thinking person as they would be left in no doubt whatsoever about what would happen to them. Then again, in Fiji, you are dealing with a dictator who thinks and acts like one, yet operates in an environment where respect for rule of law and integrity are key prerequisites. So when you are bereft of such qualities, and blessed with a feeble brain, you tend to resort to your core features. In the case of a dictator, it is threats and intimidation, especially when you have guns and your opponents have none.
  • Such is a hallmark of a coward which Voreqe and his cronies in his illegal regime are shining examples.

The Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has labeled the attempts by an Australian official in Colombo to stop the Sri Lankan judges from coming to Fiji as shameful.

Mr Bainimarama said the culmination of these incidents displays a consolidated effort to attack Fiji's independent judiciary.

A tape which recorded the conversation between an Australian official in Colombo and one of the Sri Lankan judge was obtained by the FijiSUN office yesterday.

In the conversation the Australian official in Colombo warned the judge that travel sanctions would apply because she had taken the position in the Fiji judiciary.

"This is a shameful incident because the Sri Lankan judges have been appointed to serve in the Fijian judiciary," said Mr Bainimarama.

"It also shows that the Australian and New Zealand governments have been dishonest and untruthful over the matter of travel ban for judges.

"If anything, the brave men and women who have joined our judiciary are contributing to the enforcement of the rule of law.

"They have shown fortitude and a commitment to the law."

The judges who will be sworn in today were told they would not be able to travel through and to Australia because they had taken these positions.

The conversation between the Australian official and Fiji-bound judge: "Following the abrogation of the Constitution in 2009, individuals appointed to the Fiji judiciary regardless of citizenship, become subject to these travel sanctions and that obviously include yourself and individuals affected by travel sanctions cannot be allowed to travel to or through Australia although the travel sanctions policy is applied .....and visa application is considered on a case by case basis. We also understand that New Zealand sanctions apply definitely to people .... to the Fiji judiciary.

As I said this is just a courtesy call just to let you know of the Australian policy towards Fiji in terms of travel sanctions."

"Australia errrr.. is that, you know, there are concerns in the state of the Fiji's judiciary…... of accepting judicial appointments, including the International Bar Association is chance that accepting a judicial appointment would be perceived that you're condoning and supporting the military regime's action. As I said, this is a decision for yourself as a person but as I have said, this is an advance warning of Australia's travel sanctions."

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