|First to bend: Ratuvili|
|Second to bend: Temo|
As predicted the High Court has sided with the regime and overturned an earlier decision by Fiji's Chief Magistrate,Usaia Ratuvili, to allow Jagath Karunaratne to travel to Sri Lanka to attend to family commitments.
Justice Salesi Temo yesterday ruled in favour of the DPP, Christopher Pryde, even though the wrong application was filed on Friday in the Suva Magistrates Court, procedure was again not followed on Monday in the High Court, and he failed to rebutt before the bail application got to Ratuvili.
In making his decision, Temo claimed he ruled in favour of the appeal by the regime 'after very carefully going through arguments by both sides' and 'In the interest of justice'.
Temo has not revealed his reasons (he has promised to cite them later this month) for going back on Ratuvili's original ruling (see document below), but there is no doubt he has bowed to pressure, just as Ratuvili was first to do.
With the rule of law long gone in Fiji, it is all too easy to deny citizens their rights.