#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: 'They deported me because I'm married to Brij Lal'

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

'They deported me because I'm married to Brij Lal'

Dr Padma Lal, who was born in Fiji but is an Australian citizen, told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program she was given no reason for her expulsion on Tuesday morning.

But she says she believes it is due to her marriage to Professor Brij Lal, a Fijian-born academic who helped write the country's 1997 constitution.

Professor Lal, also an Australian citizen, has spoken criticially of Fiji's interim military government.

He was expelled in November, after making comments to Australian media about Fiji's diplomatic row with Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Padma Lal had been working for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, based in Suva, on issues of mangrove management, disaster risk management and climate change.

"The work that I'm doing in Fiji or in the Pacific is really for the Pacific and Fiji," she said in a telephone interview from her home in Canberra.

"That's totally apolitical. So as far as I can see, I cannot see any reason why they would detain me other than perhaps (because) I'm married to Professor Brij Lal."

Dr Lal says she was taken aside on Monday at Nadi Airport as she returned from an overseas trip.

"I asked as to why I was not allowed entry and they said well there're no reasons for it," she said.

"Pressing further on that, they basically said we don't need to give any reasons, and then later on they said that you don't have a return ticket. I mentioned that I have a valid visa, and in that valid visa category I don't need a return ticket."

Dr Lal says according to paperwork shown her by immigration officers, her deportation was ordered directly by Commodore Bainimarama

After more than three hours, Dr Lal says she was taken to a hotel room - without a telephone. Her mobile phone and computer were also confiscated.

"There was an immigration officer sitting outside, together with this hotel security person by the looks of it, and the person stayed there all night," she said.

Dr Lal says she was not physically harmed, but was told that she would be detained if she refused to give up her computer.

She says she hopes one day to be allowed to return to Fiji.

As for being deported: "I'm angry and I'm disappointed".

"Angry for obvious reasons, disappointed to see what my beloved country that I was born and brought up in and I still feel quite strongly about", she said.

"Where it's going and the fact that we really do not have freedom of movement, freedom of speech, basic human rights" - Radio Australia


mark manning said...

The actions by the Regime just show how truly fearful they are of others getting the upper hand !

Dr. Mere Tuisalalo Samisoni said...


I have always said that the reason for the treasonous act on 5th December 2006 was GREED for power money and status in order to protect Voreqe Bainimaram's criminal acts.
This had nothing to do with the reasons (race, corruption, colonialism etc., etc.,) given by the illegal interim regime (IIR) PM, VB.
What VB is doing to our well educated people like Dr. Padam Lal, her husband Professor Brij Lal and others of the same professional calibre, who speak up against the criminal acts against the State and people of Fiji, makes VB's vision removing divisions in Fiji HOLLOW.

Dr. Mere Tuisalalo Samisoni elected SDL Member for Lami Open Constituency (deposed 2006).

Liu Muri said...

I have full sympathy for Dr Padma Lal. She certainly did not deserve that treatment. Perhaps what she should also tell is that the other reason she may have been sent away is that she also happens to be a sister of Wadan Narsey

Anonymous said...

Pol Pot went a step further: He had all people with a higher education beaten to death. Is this where we are going Frank?

mark manning said...

Frank Bainimarama is vindictive, not because he is an angry man.
He reacts just like any ordinary bully, not because he is in control, but because he cannot control his emotions.
Frank Bainimarama has the intellect of small child who probably was bullied by his own Father, siblings or fellow school mates.
The only chance he has ever had of appearing in control, is to do the dirty work of others who are happy for him to take the rap.
Frank Bainimarama hasn't worked it out yet, that he is being used by a handful of tacticians, much brighter, smarter and more clever than he could ever be.
They know that if Frank stands down, it's Frank who will be going to jail.
It's difficult to know, who is the bigger coward !

Anonymous said...

Mere Samisoni, I must say the must gratifying thing about the regime's plan to deprive dissenters of their pensions is that you'll be one of the principal victims. Start stoking the ovens, dear, because you'll be more dependent than ever before on the bread business to earn your own madrai. Mere, you're a racist and a bigot and part of the gruesome gang who are ultimately responsible for Fiji's current ills. If you and your miserable SDL cohorts had been able to recognise that Fiji isn't just for indigenous Fijians, none of it would have happened. And to see all of you suffer now because of your greed and stupidity is the one glimmer of joy on a generally depressing horizon. Frank B is hitting you where it really hurts - your purse.

Anonymous said...

Frank is there for his own selfish agenda and for nobody else. The rest jumped in to make a quick buck otherwise they would still be umemployed. They should all be shot.

mark manning said...

I wouldn't waste any bullets on this lot.
Better to make a raft and send them out to see, preferably headed straight for China !
It's funny how none of Frank's supporters can see that he instigated the coup for one reason, to save his own neck from charges of Sedition in late 2006 and the enquiry by Andrew Hughes regarding Frank Bainimarama's alleged involvement, if any, in the murders of the 5 C.R.W. Soldiers in 2000, including their torture.

Anonymous said...

So Mark Manning, you wouldn't "waste any bullets on this lot"? Kemudou, can somebody please shoot this idiot.

Discombobulated Bubu said...

Anon 2:24 am ... sometimes we all need constant reminders of the truth to keep us focused on the reason why situations happened. Sometimes we need a yappy dog in our lives - a constant reminder of what is happening.

Mark is one of these 'constants'.

Leave him be, and focus on your own truths.

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