#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Former Court of Appeal judge sounds caution

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Former Court of Appeal judge sounds caution

As the Pacific Islands Forum gets underway in Cairns today, a former Court of Appeal judge to Fiji has warned the island nation will become a pariah state if it continues to ignore democracy.

Ian Lloyd QC (pictured right) was one of three Australian Court of Appeal judges, who ruled that Frank Bainimarama's interim Government illegal.

The ruling triggered a move by the interim government to abrogate the Constitution and install the president as the head of state as it introduced a state of emergency, allowing it to put into place a new legal order.

Lloyd has told Sky News that Commodore Bainimarama hates being pushed around and will not listen to anyone.

He says Fiji is sure to suffer if it carries on ignoring democracy and cuts itself off from foreign aid. He says the nation is sure to suffer a massive recession.

The leaders of Papua New Guinea, Solomons and Vanuatu are expected to lobby for Fiji to be allowed back into the Forum, in Cairns, today.

The Forum was forced to suspend Fiji in May, for failing to announce elections will be held by the end of the year.

Lloyd says Fiji will suffer.

"Tourism may be very, very diminished and the quality of living of all the people there will be terrible," Lloyd told Sky News.

He says the worry for Australia is that if it continues to reduce aid to Fiji, China will step in to fill the void.

"China is hardly a beacon of democracy itself but China is pouring large amounts of foreign aid into Fiji and will continue to do so if other countries pull out."


mark manning said...

David stood up against Goliath and won.
But nobody is standing up against the coward Frank Bainimarama and it will be to the detriment of all Fijians, Indians, Indigenous and Chinese alike.
It's time to put an end to this madness and take Frank out !
The ramifications of doing nothing is just too terrible to contemplate.
When I was in Fiji, in Suva in 2007, I saw 2 Chinese men in the middle of the street, looking up at the buildings, up and down the street, with big smiles on their faces as they seemed to be contemplating their price !
Yet still the Indians Fijians do nothing !

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