Sunday, June 19, 2011

We Will not Stoop to their Level, says Illegal Fiji Attorney General

by Samantha Rina 

TONGA, Australia and New Zealand authorities have yet to acknowledge Fiji's extradition requests for Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, says Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said the least that authorities of each country could do was acknowledge receipt of the extradition orders sought by Fiji.

 "They could at least acknowledge receipt of the documents we sent and say 'we are looking into it or processing it'. But there has been no acknowledgement from Tonga, Australia and New Zealand to which we recently filed extradition papers," he said. He said extradition papers were sent to the Prime Minister's office, Attorney General's office and the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Tonga, Australia and New Zealand respectively. 

We have been facilitating a number of extradition requests from Australia and recently did so under the Hague Convention where a parent wanted their child returned. We also facilitated another extradition request involving an American who was wanted in the United States for a crime he committed there," he said.

The AG said the Government had always and would continue to honour bilateral and international obligations regardless of the foreign policies Australia and New Zealand imposed against Fiji. " This shows the (Australia and New Zealand) bonafide or willingness to adhere to international bilateral obligations. They're always picking and choosing their rules but don't apply the same rules when the situation is reversed," he said. The AG said Fiji would not stoop to their level and would consider extradition cases based on merit. 

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