By VICTOR LAL
|Yang with Michael Blanchflower and Qoriniasi Bale.|
Yang claimed that a tough prison sentence was warranted because Qarase displayed no remorse. Why should Qarase have displayed remorse for something he insists he never committed in the first instance?
It seems the once proud Fijian judiciary has become a theatre for Hong Kong and Sri Lankan lawyers to treat it as their own fiefdoms, at the behest of a dictator who ousted Qarase at the power of the gun to escape murder charges, and an illegal Attorney-General who runs Fiji through a spate of decrees, drafted in the law offices of Hong Kong, and their services paid without any authorization by the oppressed taxpayers of Fiji.
If Qarase did not disclose his interest and gained financially from it (which he denies) than it is time Yang and her co-counsel from Hong Kong should disclose their own fees in the “Qarase Trial”. She should also disclose how much she was paid when she had arrived in Fiji with Paul Madigan (now sitting on the Bench as a regime lackey judge) to lay trumped up charges and possibly send the ousted former Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki to prison.
Lest we forget, I repeat, and we should keep repeating, that Yang should be put on trial for conspiring to pervert the course of justice in Fiji in Fatiaki’s tax case.
In her High Court submission against Qarase she called upon Justice Fernado to not to take into account the political connotations for they are not relevant as political issues should not be taken into account.
And yet she was doing exactly the same in the Fatiaki tax case, at the political and criminal bidding of a bunch of treasonists in Fiji. In 2007 she, along with Aiyaz Khaiyum and Madigan, had forced a top senior FIRCA tax inspector to pursue deposed Chief Justice Fatiaki over tax irregularities.
The FIRCA tax inspector later claimed to me (which I disclosed in the two part series) that the interim Bainimarama government used Fiji’s tax system to get people for political reasons.
He also claimed that the information he gave Madigan and Yang, was under perceived threat, paving the way for action to remove Justice Fatiaki under the 1997 Constitution of Fiji.
In his e-mails to me, the top notch FIRCA tax inspector charged with “nailing” Fatiaki had claimed:
“During the course of my investigation into Fatiaki I made friends with two Hong Kong based investigators who were looking into Fatiaki for the sec 138 of the Constitution hearing about him being a fit and proper person to be a judge (to be heard in Feb 08) - Paul Madigan and Elizabeth Yang. It was they who persuaded me to complain to George Langman about [the consultant’s] blackmail attempt, because FICAC owed me a favour for helping them get Fatiaki.”
Two e-mails, one from Ms Yang dated 1 November 2007 (“This is Elizabeth from Hong Kong. We had a meeting about two months ago regarding a tax case”) and another from Mr Madigan dated 16 January 2008 (“It was go[o]d to talk to you this afterno[o]n. I have thought about your situation a lot over the last couple of months. I arrived back in Fiji yesterday to do more FICAC work and then to prosecute the Fatiaki case…I wish you loads of luck and happine[s]s and please ke[ep] in touch”) to the former tax investigator confirms his assertion that he assisted the two Hong Kong-based prosecutors.
Commenting on Yang’s e-mail, the former tax investigator said he had a meeting with Mr Madigan, Ms Yang and Mr Tikolevu in September 2007 in which he (the former tax investigator) gave the FICAC lawyers a photocopy of Justice Fatiaki’s confession.
“They were very pleased and this was the start of our cordial relations. Providing this information was illegal but it was done out of the state of fear previously described,” said the former tax investigator.
In an unpublished affidavit relating to the now defunct Tribunal which was hastily set up to inquire “into the alleged misbehaviour of The Honourable The Chief Justice Daniel Vafoou Fatiaki of Suva, Fiji”, the former CJ Fatiaki had disclosed:
“I refer first to the fact that a whole section of documents being tendered in evidence by counsel for the Tribunal comprises my own personal documents that were kept in a locked filing cabinet in my judicial chambers.
The only way in which this material could have been obtained was for my filing cabinet to be forced open and searched after my departure. It goes without saying that this conduct constituents a flagrant breach of my right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, as well as my right to privacy, both of which are affirmed in the Constitution.”
If she has the gall to demand that Qarase should be sent to prison for allegedly not disclosing his interest in the Fijian Holdings Ltd some twenty years ago, she should be sent to prison for consorting and conspiring with the illegal regime four years ago, in 2008.
Justice Priyantha Fernado should be sending Yang to prison for perverting the course of justice in Fiji.
Editor's Note: For readers wanting more on Elizabeth Yang and Paul Madigan’s conspiratorial roles in the Fatiaki tax case, click on the links below. They'll take you to the stories Victor Lal did for the Fiji Sun in 2009, which signpost Madigan and Yang's involvement in the interim government's purge efforts.
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