The president of the Fiji Law Society admits he's afraid of the repercussions but says he'll continue to speak up where it's needed.
Dorsami Naidu was released today after a night in police custody, as a result of supporting judiciary who were sacked last week by the president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo.
In this first interview with international media, on Checkpoint Radio New Zealand National, he said the police tried to pin sedition on him but were forced to release him without charging him.
Mr Naidu said he feels compelled to speak out against the illegal decision by the interim government to abrogate the constitution and to introduce the Public Emergency Regulations - and will keep doing so.
"Why hide from the truth?" he told Checkpoint. "Somebody has to speak out."
The interview was the first he gave to media outside Fiji.
Just after his release earlier today, he spoke with local media but one didn't run the story and the other is said to have misquoted him.
The Fiji Tmes is reported to have said Mr Naidu accepts the rule of the interim government and the emergency regulations, but this has been challenged by him.
Mr Naidu says he is trying to contact the paper but wonders whether the Times was forced to say what it did.