|Gates: exposed by staff|
|GOUNDAR: exposed by judiciary staff.|
Gates' memo stipulated that both his and Goundar's service record must remain intact, along with their salaries, FNP entitlements and leave as if there had been no abrogation of the 1997 Constitution in April 2009.
Information supplied to us shows that Gates and Goundar received six weeks salary and benefits from the time the regime abrogated the Constitution to their reappointment on 22nd May 2009 - when there was effectively no judiciary and no judicial appointments made.
Our sources have confirmed that Gates and Goundar received between $18,000 - $26,000 when neither were officially appointed judicial officers.
The revelation is a sorry indictment of the judiciary’s most senior officer and comes hot on the heels of the audit findings by the Public Service Commission on the Chief Registrar – a known Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum minion – of awarding contracts without tenders being followed.
Public Service Commission investigations were ordered to be stopped on the directive of the illegal Attorney General.
Sources within the judiciary say the illegal Chief Justice Gates' actions to protect his and Goundar's salary package are an abuse of his powers and are repulsive, especially at a time when he preaches to them about transparency and accountability.
The revelation has been made known to Coup 4.5 by officers in the judiciary, many of whom have been victimised by the vindictive Chief Registrar.
They complain of intimidation and harassment to the point where many have and others are looking for opportunities in the private sector. They say the Chief Registrar treats the judiciary as her personal property and is the reason for the judiciary having such a bad name among staff.
Moles say the matter was referred to FICAC’s Isireli Tagicaki and George Langman in March 2010, by letter with Gates' salary memo but nothing has come of any investigation as the illegal appointees all protect each other’s backs.
Goundar, the former hanging judge who took a one way ticket to Sydney recently and who convicted several high profile people for abuse of office, is himself guilty of abusing office for personal gain.
Whether anything will be done to these law breakers is academic. But it certainly begs the question that most of us already know the answer to: Does the rule of law apply equally to all of Fiji’s citizens? As we know, the answer is No.
Editor's Note: Interestingly, Justice Daniel Goundar's name is missing from the current Criminal Cause List for Suva High Court. Justice Madigan, who usually sits at Lautoka, is now presiding in Suva High Court.