|CID HQ in Suva where Mere Samisoni, Mataiasi Ragigia, Apete Vereti and Semisi Lasike are being held.|
Big story of the day: the fate of the deposed SDL Lami member Dr Mere Samisoni.
The 74-year old and three others - Mataiasi Ragigia, Apete Vereti and Semisi Lasike - are appearing in court this afternoon.
A campaign is underway to help free Samisoni who was been detained since December the 30th, two days before Frank Bainimarama announced the PER will be lifted.
Those speaking out against the latest detainments, include the national secretary of FTUC, Felix Anthony, who says such arbitrary arrest without citizens being given the right to legal counsel and unnecessary prolonged detention must be condemned.
"This detention itself is persecution. Those detained are respected citizens of Fiji and former elected Parliamentarians of Fiji. The regimes tactics to treat anyone who appears to be offside with them as criminals is a clear demonstration of abuse of human rights.
"We call on the regime to immediately release Mrs. Samisoni and others. This case is a clear indication of how the regime wishes to deal with anyone who does not support it, using the Crimes Decree. We call for the immediate repeal of the Crimes Decree and the Media Decree to ensure peoples rights are fully protected and promoted. Without the repeal of these two decrees the withdrawal of the PER will have little effect if any as the rule of law only applies to ordinary citizens in Fiji today."