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Friday, November 19, 2010

Epeli Ganilau should be deported to Naboro Prison for treason and other crimes

When two dogs are left to lie side by side, they both develop fleas. In the case of the illegal regime, the power struggle between the recently resigned Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration, Epeli Ganilau and the illegal Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum over Fiji Water CEO’s David Roth was bound to surface, a classic example of the falling out of the thieves.

Both deserve no pity or support, except that when democracy and the rule of law returns to the country, the two should be locked up at the maximum security Naboro prison. 

In Ganilau’s case, Khaiyum has enough evidence to send his former coup conspirator to Naboro before him. He has, according to reliable sources in the A-G’s Office, evidence that Ganilau allegedly received nearly a million dollars from an hotelier to fight the 2006 general election. 

Some of the failed NAF election candidates have presented sworn affidavits to the effect that they never received the cash, for a huge amount was allegedly used to ward off the re-possession of the Ganilau family home. 

Not to mention the thousands of dollars the Ganilaus owe to the collapsed National Bank of Fiji. In other words, Khaiyum holds the trump cards, for the time being, at least. He can afford to defy and humiliate the defenceless former bullying former Minister of Defence, National Security and Immigration. 

Remember the bullying and deportation of the publishers of Fiji Times and the Fiji Sun. While the illegal ‘flea’ Khaiyum was jabbing his fingers at the media, it was his side-kick Ganilau who was using his treasonous fingers to sign off the deportation orders against Evan Hannah of Fiji Times and Russell Hunter of the Fiji Sun. 

In the case of Hannah, Ganilau said the Fiji Times publisher was removed from Fiji based on Section 13(2) (g) of the Immigration Act, 2003, relating to Prohibited Immigrants.  He said the removal order and the detention warrant were signed by the Permanent Secretary of Defence Malakai Tadulala with his approval and concurrence. 

Ganilau ludicrously claimed that Hannah was deported from Fiji for allegedly attempting to destabilize the military (illegal) interim government.He went on to claim that Hannah’s removal was done according to the law, in a humanly manner and it was not a special case of removal.

“Under Section 13 (2) (g), it states “that a person who prior to or after entry into the Fiji Islands, as a result of information received from any country, through official or diplomatic channels, or from any other source that the Minister considers as reliable, is deemed by the Minister, to be a person who is or has been conducting himself in a manner prejudicial to the peace, defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health, security or good governance of the Fiji Islands.”  

Ganilau also claimed that Hannah’s actions were breaching national security. “The security interests of the sovereign State of Fiji at this point in time are of paramount importance. Mr Hannah was previously cautioned of the implications of his actions. He, however, chose to ignore this.” 

On the court order issued by the Fiji High Court, prohibiting Hannah’s removal, Ganilau explained that the order “had not been officially received by the Director of Immigration before Mr. Hannah was removed from Fiji this morning”. “The court order needs to be sighted first by the Director of Immigration before officials can act on it,” he said.

In Hunter’s case, it was far worse. On the instructions of Khaiyum and Ganilau (and a few others), the Fiji Sun publisher was kidnapped from his home and subsequently deported to Australia.

Like Hannah, Hunter was deported despite an order issued by Fiji High Court to stop his expulsion. He had only $20 in his pocket and the clothes on his back at the time.

A statement issued by the bullying Ganilau said Hunter was a prohibited immigrant: “This declaration follows a proper investigation by the relevant authorities, which clearly established that Mr Hunter was conducting himself in a manner prejudicial to the peace, defence, public safety, public order, security and stability of the sovereign state of the Fiji Islands. 

"As the recipient of a work permit from the Government of Fiji, it was incumbent upon Mr Hunter to be vigilant of his status as a foreign national resident and working in Fiji.

"Mr Hunter has clearly violated the terms and conditions of his status in Fiji under the immigration laws of Fiji, and the Department of Immigration, has accordingly exercised it statutory responsibility in getting him declared a prohibited immigrant.”

The High Court injunction prohibiting Hunter's deportation was signed by Justice Jiten Singh, who was later forced off the Bench. The injunction had ordered the Director of Immigration, his servants, officers and agents or whosoever and howsoever to restrain from removing or deporting Hunter out of Fiji. 

It restrained the Director of Immigration from acting in any manner in the purported revocation of Hunter's permit to enter and live in Fiji until a further order of the court. It said that if the Director of Immigration, his officers and the Attorney- General of Fiji and/or their servants or agents disobeyed the order, they would be liable “to the process of execution of purpose of compelling you to obey the same”.

The treasonous Ganilau arrogantly said the illegal State he was running was not obligated to divulge any information that would have an impact on national security. He said a foreign national was not a citizen and should always bear in mind it was not his or her right to be in the country.

“It is a privilege that should be always kept in the back of a foreigner’s mind in any country that he or she may reside or work in and if it is seen that he or she breaches that trust in this case the work permit, the State is obligated to do whatever it likes under the legislation,” he said.

He said the move to remove Hunter was not a warning to other expatriates. “It's not a case of we were making an example of Russell's removal. I mean this is a case which justifies that action by government should be taken with regards to what he has done and it is sad in a sense.  We don’t like removing anybody for any reason but if the state thinks there are reasons for the removal of any foreigner because of the breach in their status in as far as work permits is concerned then that prerogative must be left to the state.".

The illegal regime went one step further, and with a stroke of the pen it overnight amended the Immigration Act, prohibiting any legal challenge against decisions made by the responsible minister (at that time Ganilau) on any removal orders, which under the Act was final and conclusive. This meant deported Hunter, and others after him, could be prevented from mounting a legal challenge against their removal from the country.

The amended Act now reads: “Provided that and notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the decision of the Minister under this paragraph shall be final and conclusive and shall not be questioned or reviewed in any court.” Also Section 58 of the Immigration Act 2003 is amended by adding a new sub-section after sub-section (7): "(8) No appeal shall lie from decisions made by an immigration officer acting in accordance with the directions of, or instructions given in respect of any particular case by the Minister.

But Ganilau’s actions could not fool the nation. Former Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes said the people of Fiji were “not so stupid” to believe the introduction of the new law was to stop Hunter from seeking redress through the Courts was “pure coincidence” to his deportation.

He urged Ganilau to truthfully make public the reasons for Hunter's deportation “as his actions are funded by taxpayers of this country. By slipping in new laws to cover his illegal track of unfairly deporting a human being in a most inhumane and undignified manner, what part of good governance is Ratu Epeli demonstrating?"

Responding, Ganilau claimed that as the Minister responsible for the administration of the Immigration Act of Fiji, “I am not at liberty to disclose those breaches of national security. Otherwise I will compromise my position as Minister of Defence and National Security of Fiji. My actions for the removal of Mr. Hunter is based on a legislation which I am responsible for, as the Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration of this country.  

That legislation is called the Immigration Act 2003. As the Minister responsible for this Act, I am required to take necessary actions, as I have done, when an immigrant has breached the national security provision of this legislation, as spelt out in Section 13(2) (g) of the Act.”

There was widespread speculation that Hunter was deported in relation to a series of articles that he ran by me in the Fiji Sun, exposing the then illegal Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry’s millions in Australian and New Zealand bank accounts. 

Beddoes said Ganilau was part of an interim administration that wanted to set new rules and guidelines for future governments through the Peoples Charter, part of which called for good governance, transparency and accountability.  “What part of transparency does Ratu Epeli’s declaration that he is not obliged to explain to the people, comes from?” Beddoes asked.

“By ignoring the calls from the people to come clean on Hunter’s treatment, where does Ratu Epeli demonstrate accountability to the people? And by slipping in new laws to cover his illegal tracks of unfairly deporting a human being in a most inhumane and undignified manner, what part of good governance is Ratu Epeli demonstrating?”

“If Mr Hunter’s deportation had nothing to do with the million dollars Chaudhry scam, what major undertaking was he involved with that resulted in him becoming a ‘national security risk’?”  Beddoes said a ‘national security risk’ meant the nation was at risk.

“But how can the people take steps to protect ourselves against such a risk if they have no idea what the risk is? And Ratu Epeli as the Minister responsible for the people’s defence and protection keeps saying he is not obliged to give the people any details of this alleged risk."

Now, the same Ganilau has come out, partly revealing the reason for his own resignation from the illegal Cabinet. He said his decision to step down was in relation to issues surrounding Fiji Water’s David Roth. He said there were “some differences” over Roth, who reportedly holds a valid work permit for the next three years.

Unlike the lengthy press statements the bullying and lying Ganilau issued against Hunter and Hannah, in relation to his own case, he said he cannot elaborate further on the matter as he is no longer in government but confirmed that his resignation is linked to the Roth saga.

There are speculations that Roth (above) was involved in activities that allegedly breached the Immigration Rules. Roth has no one but his free chow “Kano Loto” Ganilau to blame, for his deportation for it was none other than Ganilau who treasonously conspired with Khaiyum and others to amend the Immigration Rules.

The amended Act was directed at perceived foes of the illegal regime; now it seems it has ensnared Ganilau’s family friend David Roth.

As to Ganilau’s departure, we should not shed any tears, for he should be deported to Naboro Prison for not only acquiescing in the amendment of the Immigration Act, but also in the amendment of the Great Council of Chiefs Act, which has helped Khaiyum to pursue his genocidal ‘Sunset Clause’ against the i-taukei race in Fiji. Lest we forget the obnoxious Media Decree. 

Ganilau should be treated with the contempt he rightly deserves. He should be, frankly speaking, deported to maximum Naboro Prison, for a litany of treasonous acts. 

VICTIMS: First to go Evan Hannah (top right), then Russel Hunter (middle) and now David Roth (bottom left).


sara'ssista said...

I suspect as usual. Croz Walsh will defer to the comments from the PS of mis-Information and lap whatever excuse she has for the current appalling events. As we have seen even when Croz feels he must criticise this regime,he takes his time and then leaves himself heaps of morality-free wiggle room. But even when she has nothing to say ,as recently, she appears to be last one to know what is happening but she is first to dispute any other version. This is how this regime works with arrogance and impunity and the idea that they have changed anything, is again laughable. I have every sense old Croz will leap to the defence of this regime. and defend to the hilt thier methods by way of saying that it is warranted due to tax dispute and how Fiji Water 'held a gun to the head of bainimarama over the tax incvrease'!!???.This IS a military regime. Fiji Water is successfull despite this regime, not because of it.They have certainly done more for the Fiji brand. Is that in dispute? Perhaps this regime is just unhappy that they were thwarted and getting revenge, not surpising, and i am sure this will be defended too.

sara'ssista said...

as far as Croz is concerned all of this is just nitpicking and negative and we should really be focussing on the sports news and not be overly concern by such things, after all it is in the past, well, recent past and the only people who should look to the past is this regime when comparing themselves to the criminals that went before them that as yet still remain largely uncharged and unconvicted of anything.

Jake said...

Gud one Victor...keep it rolling.


Anonymous said...

Khaiyum is the man for Fiji as he will take the country forward. All these corrupt chiefs, politicians and rich businesmen need to go to Naboro.

Khaiyum we the ordinary fijians and indians salute you for your leadership in helping the poor and less fortunate in our society.

We salute you Sir Khaiyum.

Anonymous said...

Couple of things too ponder?

Bainimarama's currently in China -not expected back til next week - so who's in charge of Viti right now?

Why doesn't this person simply inform both Bainimarama & the appropriate Chinese authorities the gigs up? (exile him there).

Anonymous said...

If anyone is to have a last laugh over this Fiji water issue, it is the people of Drauniivi and other areas at the bottom of the Nakauvadra mountains whose water sources have dried up because the successful Fiji Waters have claimed it all. Hence the reason Fiji Waters is obliged to build water tanks etc in those areas to harvest rain water because their natural source has been diverted to make even richer some American company. One day Mafatu!

Anonymous said...

He... She... They are all the bloody same! Greedy!!! Greedy!!! Although I am proud to see Fiji Water bottles in the hands of some Hollywood star etc I am also reminded of the way that the company has 'RAPED' and 'PULLED WOOL OVER THE LANDOWNER'S EYES'. Yes they provide for the school children in the rural areas of Ra etc BUT how much more billions are they taking out of the country by not paying taxes. Where is the logic in that? They fly around in private jets, wear designer clothes & shoes, diamonds etc etc & all these is affordable thanks to FIJI WATER. Its not the water its the EXOTIC name Fiji that's made their luxury life. The western world views the South Pacific has having clean and virgin waters as they are not POLLUTED like their countries! ALL I see is a pair of unbalanced scales. I don't support David Roth's deportation @ all... But this so called government is barbaric or even jungley can't expect any civilisation with them!

Jake said...

To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

"Edgar Allan Poe"

So true are these words that little people of insignificance are almost always on the look out to vilify their fellowman.

Yet come sunday morning these very people don their best and toddle off to pay or in most cases ask for forgiveness what hypocrites they are.

Vote for peace vote Bai.


Kuroniti said...

Vote for coruption, vote for Bai and Jake.

The little man who vilifies the people of a nation.

Anonymous said...

Victor Lal - you smell of hypocrisy. In your own book, you'd claimed US was responsible for the Rabuka 1987 book. Shouldn't the simple fact that Fiji is telling Australia and NZ to allow it manage its own affairs be applauded? Unfortunate as the whole business of coups, illegal government, bullies etc may be, in all 3 Fiji post-coups, this (2006) coup has consistently stood up to traditional bullies Australian and NZ (behind them US) who now feel threatened with non-traditional partner presence in Fiji. Continued Aid from Australia and NZ and the US re-introduced aid to Fiji are manifestations of their fear. As of now, while Fiji has ridden herself off Australian control over the people through its media organisations, Australia knows that it is still controlling Fiji over the fact that it owns much of Fiji's money market. RBF Governor (ex) Sada Reddy the weak and sneeky crook knew this but had to remain friends to allow him transfer his $85,000 to NZ. Narube and Kubuabola were clueless and Naiyaga will be too. The only hero who knew and did something about it during his time was the late Savenaca Siwatibau. And to those who think that Aiyaz is out to get rid of the I Taukei institutions, yes, it is high time because these are the very causes for backwardness and have instead disempowered the I Taukei. They still have to contribute financially for their development via the Provincial Councils and therefore pay twice because they still pay VAT & PAYE like everybody else - why? when all others only pay once! The NLTB, thank goodness is now undergoing a review and it is expected, the original chief's allocation will be shared out equally amongst mataqali members. The Great Council of Chiefs, another Colonial institution should have been disestablished ages ago because of its unfair representation and its inability to discern social development issues affecting the 'I Taukei' society. Strange as it may be, the only Chairman who ever addressed social issues was Ratu Epeli Ganilau. Imagine, during the 2000 coup, while Fiji was waiting with abated breath to hear HOPE from the GCC, they were instead discussing birthday plans for the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara who was forced to listen to their liumuri nonsense in his official capacity yet, quietly distressed because his daughter was amongst the hostages. Sadly, most I Taukei are too dumb to see this. The other matter that we have to be careful with is, Australia in particular, with support from the US, NZ, UK and other anti-China/India/Middle east intrusion to the Pacific, will do anything to cause confusion and breed revolution amongst those of us who live in Fiji by using the media (which Aiyaz has dealt with). And now, it can be hypothesised that blog sites such as this is also the avenue for those who like to see bloodshed in Fiji. So, despite all the nonsense we must put up with here in Fiji, most of us multi-religiously are praying fervently and trusting in the Lord because we know that He is still in charge.

Anonymous said...

This US embassdor seems to be in lala land oblivious or too ignorant to what is going on in Fiji. It seems like hes having a good time vacationing in Fiji. I was expecting him to play more or leading role in pressuring this IG to return our country to election ASAP.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 11:55.

Suggest you get your fact straight concerning US ambassador McGann?

He's not in Viti because he's vacationing or too become involved
in messy local politics - in case you haven't noticed he's here for one reason & one reason only - free kana.

Anonymous said...

Spot on Anon 11 55 - if powers that be in Washington seek an explanation why US interests have been declining in the South Pacific in general and Fiji in particular they need look no further than 'Fat Steve.'

Anonymous said...

Fat Steve (bless his belly) isn't the only one 'vacationing' in 'paradise' Fiji - there's so many like him around if you care to look. They love the value for $$ stress-free vacation that dire straits Fiji offers, thanks to our dear iPM Frankenstein.

Anonymous said...

Annoymous, what has Victor's claim in his book about US support for 1987 coup to do with David Roth's deportation. I thought the article was attempting to question Epeli's doublespeak and action - he was quick to deport newspaper publishers but not his buddy Roth - why? Is Epeli in Fiji Water's pay pocket

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I rambled and I apologise to Victor Lal who didn't deserve my accusation. His book which I enjoyed reading portrayed an interference by a mega power (US)in the affairs of an economically vulnerable nation (Fiji) hence the 1987 coup. Unfortunately, Fiji did not do anything about it and we stand to pay for our inability to voice our protest aggressively against external interference. We're still paying the price now. Similarly, the media (Fiji Times & Fiji Sun), businesses etc including Roth who meddle with local affairs and threaten security should not expect sympathy from the people when they are ordered out of the country. Likewise leaders (like Ganilau) who cannot differentiate between responsible leadership and friendship must be removed from cabinet.