“We have had NZ lawyers work over the past few years in Fiji and indeed the DPP (Christopher Pryde) himself is a New Zealander. It is very childish and very ironical that NZLS talks about principles and values.
"One of which I assume would be freedom of access to information, freedom of movement, yet they want to disallow their members’ access to information to make an informed decision on whether they want to move to Fiji or not.
“They are depriving individual lawyers in NZ the access to lawyers. I am sure individual members of the New Zealand legal fraternity are intelligent enough to make their own decision. Why should NZLS control such information, it is very ironical?
"They accuse the Bainimarama Government of depriving people of information when that is in fact not the case. But it is most definitely the case with NZLS as far as them not allowing members to access information regarding jobs in Fiji,” he said.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added that NZLS has not been able to view Fiji independently, and was influenced by their government’s stance regarding Fiji.
“It is most unfortunate that the NZLS has not been able to put themselves in a position where they have even tried to, in a very genuine manner to ascertain the ground reality in Fiji. They have essentially followed the foreign policy of their government.
"They have essentially relied on the misrepresentation of the Fijian Government and particularly the Fijian legal system.
“It is rather spurious and indeed rather obtuse for NZLS to disallow an advertisement, and that too a paid advertisement, giving the NZ lawyers an opportunity to work in Fiji, in the DPP’s office."