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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bainimarama : NZ and Aust claim to be our friends

Fiji's interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama says he decided that the Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners need to be recalled from Fiji because of their government's interference with the judiciary.

"It is a matter of great shame that Madame Justice Anjala Wati a respected member of our High Court bench was harassed and humiliated by the New Zealand High Commission in Fiji when she applied for a visa on medical grounds to take her baby son to New Zealand."

"In addition to this shameful incident the Sri Lankan judges who have been appointed to serve in the Fijian judiciary were told that they would not be able to travel through and to Australia because they had taken these positions," Bainimarama said.

He said the culimination of these incidents "displays a consolidated effort to attack Fiji's independent judiciary".

"I can accept their ban on me and my senior officers given the personalization of matters. But why punish those individuals both Fijians and non-Fijians who join the Judiciary?"

"Those Fijians from the private sector who want to contribute to a better, progressive and modern Fiji by way of joining Boards of Statutory Organizations - even the Fiji National Provident Fund is targeted."

"They claim to be our friends yet on the other hand they fail to recognize the efforts that we are making in being a good international citizen; they fail to understand that we are creating a country that will be based on equal and common citizenry, a country of modern laws, a country which will have true democracy," he said.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Frank's right. Ordinary Aussies and Kiwis are OK but there's nothing friendly about their governments.

Hey, did you notice how uncomfortable the Aussie foreign minister, Stephen Smith, looked responding to all this?

Trying to sabotage the appointment of the Sri Lankan judges was a bad move and has blown up in his face.

That fullah's got the weirdest haircut. Looks like a total spiv.