#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Regime contravenes its own decree

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Regime contravenes its own decree

The interim regime has violated its own Legal Practitioners Decree by cancelling the permit issued to the Fiji Law Society to hold its annual general meeting later this month.

The regime issued a permit but last week police revoked it without providing any reason. The AGM would have seen a three way contest for Society's presidency with current head Dorsami Naidu being challenged by Kitione Vuetaki and young lawyer, Rajendra Chaudhry. Rajendra is the eldest son of Fji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry - an ardent supporter of the military coup and the regime until three months ago.

The Legal Practioners Decreee, promulgated in May, replaces the Legal Practiioners Act and has made the Law Society basically toothless with its membership now voluntary. The regime has taken over the role of issuing practicing certificates to lawyers - previously the role of the Society.

But despite stripping the Society of its powers, the regime, through the Decree, still requires the Society to be a functional organisation. Section 23 of the Decree requires the Society to hold its Annual General Meeting during September every year.

The Decree also has regulatory powers over the Society.

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