The Police Comissioner, Esala Teleni, has written to the Fiji Institute of Accountants telling it to cancel three people already confirmed to speak at the Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress.
The two-day conference starts this Friday in Nadi.
Coupfourpointfive has been told that FIA President, Murray McKenzie, received a letter from Teleni yesterday afternoon, at 3pm. In the letter, Teleni demanded that keynote speaker, academic Dr Brij Lal, outspoken lawyer and former Fiji Law Society President Graham Leung and, prominent Suva lawyer Richard Naidu be removed as speakers and panelists from the Congress.
Dr Lal had already arrived from Canberra, for the conference. According to the programme, Leung was to speak after Lal had made the keynote address. Lal, Leung and Naidu were also panelists, along with interim Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, for the first day of the Congress.
According to sources, Teleni demanded that McKenzie reply to the ultimatum by this morning. He also stated in his letter that should the FIA refuse to remove the three speakers, he would make sure the Congress was cancelled.
Our sources say the FIA has a permit to hold the Congress. The sources say FIA had informed the Commissioner Western Dr Lal, Leung and Naidu were speakers as well as panelists. There were no apparent objections but the permit required the FIA not invite media and to avoid discussing political issues or the current political climate in the country.
Coupfourpointifve has been told that Teleni's letter is likely to have been instigated by Sayed-Khaiyum, who is said to have a habit of developing cold feet, even though he has confirmed his attendance at the conference.
Sources say earlier this year, the interim attorney general failed to turn up as a guest on Fiji Television's Close-Up program to discuss the launch of Movement for Democracy, with Movement Chairman Attar Singh.
It's understood McKenzie and FIA wil agree to Teleni's ultimatum because they do not wasnt to risk cancelling the Congress - even if it goes ahead without Lal, Leung and Naidu.