The Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, is trying to get one up on the illegal regime who charged him with breaking the public emergency regulations last month.
According to FijiLive, Chaudhry yesterday tried to get Justice Daniel Goundar disqualified from presiding over his case.
FijiLive says the application suggested Justice Goundar would be biased "because he was a former Director of Public Prosecution lawyer and that he had his own opinion of the case that might have risen from the constant media attention."
But Justice Goundar refused saying that if he accepted Chaudhry’s request, it would encourage other litigants to make similar applications, all in the hope of getting someone who is sympathetic to hear their case.
Chaudhry is accused of breaking the public emergency regulations last month after he met with farmers in Rakiraki. Five others were arrested with him, including the farmer whose house the meeting was held at.
The case has been adjourned to 28 January.