Tuesday, October 20, 2009
NZ: Judge only sought visa last week
Yesterday interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum accused New Zealand of interfering with the Fijian judiciary by refusing Wati entry to get urgent medical treatment for her 20-month-old child.
Sayed Khaiyum told Radio New Zealand this morning Wati received a letter from the Suva based New Zealand High Commission last week informing her her visa was declined.
He said she then requested a meeting with them where they formally told her that her visa was declined because she is a High Court judge.
As part of its sanctions on Fiji, soldiers and anyone involved in the interim regime are not allowed entry into New Zealand.
Sayed Khaiyum insisted this was an interference with the Fiji judiciary and not an immigration matter.
Listen to the interview on Radio NZ - http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20091020-0753-Claims_Fijian_judge_denied_entry_to_NZ-048.mp3