The regime has turned on its pom pom girls with the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, now taking the Citizen Constitution Forum to court for publishing a story on the loss of rule of law in its newsletter.
Khaiyum's court action follows the mystery break-in at the CCF's Suva office and the theft of a laptop.
|Nigel Dodds and report|
At a news conference today it was revealed Khaiyum's office had been granted leave by the High Court to issue contempt proceedings against CCF and its director, Reverend Akuila Yabaki.
Khaiyum said the action arose out of an article titled “Fiji the rule of law lost" which was
published in CCF’s April edition of Tutaka.
“The contempt proceedings have been instituted against CCF as the proprietor and publisher of Tutaka and Akuila Yabaki as the editor.
“The article published by CCF and Yabaki contained of words and statements essentially in our view that scandalizes the courts in Fiji."
Khaiyum is referring to the controversial report by the chair of the UK based Law Society Charity, Nigel Dodds, Fiji: The Rule of Law Lost.
Dodds visited Fiji on a secret fact-finding mission in late 2011 and released his findings in February this year: his report concluded that the rule of law ‘no longer operates’ in the country.
Dodd said the independence of the judiciary ‘cannot be relied upon’ and ‘there is no freedom of expression’.
His report blamed Sayed-Khaiyum for the loss of rule of law, saying he had limited the power of the courts bringing an end to the independence of legal sector regulation.
The report also revealed the extent to which the illegal government depends on the appointment of judges and senior law officers from Sri Lanka on short-term contracts.
The report noted: ‘Judges have to have security of tenure. We don’t know how these judges are being selected.’
The Law Society this month reiterated its earlier challenge to the regime to allow it to send an international team to Fiji, saying it had not heard back after earlier discussions.
Pryde had issued an invite to Dodds after his report was released but nothing ever came of it, prompting the Law Society to make the offer again, last week. As expected, it was rejected.
The case against CCF will be called at the High Court in Suva on July the 27th.
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