Monday, August 23, 2010

Aust, NZ hampered judiciary says Ilegal CJ Gates

Fiji Live News
By Richard Naidu - August 23, 2010 

Fiji’s Chief Justice Anthony Gates says Australia and New Zealand have hampered progress in restoring Fiji’s judiciary at all levels.

Gates made the rare remarks while officiating at a Consumer Council event today.

“Bearing in mind all members of the judiciary were dismissed in April 2009, there has been a satisfactory restoration of judicial officers over the last 1 year 4 month period. There are no magic wands available for this process however. Australia and New Zealand have hampered our progress in restoring the judiciary at all levels. In the world, this assault on, and interference with, a neighbouring state’s judiciary is unprecedented,” he said.

Fiji’s judiciary was sacked and the 1997 Constitution abrogated last April, following which the current public emergency regulations were introduced.

Australia was blamed by the Fiji government last year for hampering efforts to recruit judges from Sri Lanka, leading to tit-for-tat expulsions of envoys from Suva, Canberra and Wellington.

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