Could Australia be the regime's new recruiting ground?
It's latest acquisition is an Aussie citizen, who has taken up the post of Deputy Director of Public Prosecution.
There's no doubt about Ruth Ellen Townsend's credentials and experience judging from her bio which has led to her joining the DPP’s office, headed by the unpopular Kiwi, Christopher Pryde.
She moved into her new home on Catalina Street a few days ago and bought a brand new vehicle.
Since Pryde moved to the position, the Fiji DPP’s office time and again has been accused of working in cahoots with the illegal Solicitor Generals’ and the illegal Attorney Generals’ office.
Since the 2006 coup, the DPP has been changed three times. The previous DPPs were removed as they were not seen to be singing the same tune as required by the AG’s office.
It’s unclear why and how Townsend decided to join the DPP’s office.
She has worked in the Pacific but it’s the first time in Fiji.
Townsend holds double degrees in Commerce and in Law as well as post-graduate qualifications in Law, which she completed with a high distinction average and graduated with merit.
She has had a diverse career in private, academic and public sectors and is a qualified barrister (Queensland Bar) as well as a qualified accountant with auditing experience. She has lived and worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and the Solomon Islands.
She was the chief counsel on two separate Commission of Inquiries in the Solomon Islands from 2009 to 2010. From 2007 to 2009 she was the Chief Crown Prosecutor in the Solomon Islands.