Comment on the ongoing bungle to explain the Hannah deportation

har har har

Obviously IG is scrambling to explain this. One would think before taking this kind of draconian measure, they had covered all their bases to avoid the same legal bungle with Hunter (Might have to try it a 3rd time to get it right – Will it be 3rd deportation lucky…. more jokes of how many soldiers does it take to deport a journalist) Nyet, now the scramble to fashion a belieable cover story 5 days later.

What a farce! What a bungle! First the dummy says Hannah expelled on 13(1)(g) but the deportation order doesn’t refer to 13(1)(g); then he says Hannah can appeal; then the arse kayum contradicts the dummy ganilau and says no one can appeal (assuming the Immigration Decree IS legal). Get the story right folks, you’re all imploding in a very public way. Not very smooth. In the meantime its quite obvious dummy himself gazetted the new Immigration Decree without understanding it (and this guy had ambitions to be PM to replace Qarase).

Now the arse is publicly translating for dummy with the chuwawa yapping on the side. Shitster now says she will comment but first what did Hannah do wrong (never mind now that its before the courts). Wili SV jiko vei iko!!! 😉


Fiji’s interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the comments by the interim Immigration Minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau may have been taken out of context.

In a Fiji Times report this morning, Ratu Epeli reportedly said the interim regime’s decision to declare Fiji Times publisher Evan Hannah a prohibited immigrant could be reviewed if lawyers sought a redress through the courts.

But Sayed-Khaiyum said the decision by the minister could not be appealed in court as this had been included in the Immigration Act through an amendment promulgated by the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

When contacted this morning, both Sayed-Khaiyum and Ratu Epeli asked that they be contacted later for details on the issue as they both had meetings to attend.

The Immigration Act was amended immediately after the deportation of Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter in February this year

Beddoes Criticises Shameem
Monday, May 05, 2008
Deposed Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes said it is necessary for the next parliament to make changes to the constitution to ensure that the next Ombudsman does not compromise the position.

Beddoes comments come following concerns on the in-action of the Ombudsman Dr Shaista Shameem in the deportation of Evan Hannah.

He says Dr Shameem has been pro interim administration since taking office and she has not acted in the interest of the citizens – whom she is there to protect.

“She’s done the complete opposite and therefore I think in the next parliament we need to tidy all the provisions up relating to this important function to ensure that we never again have the likes of somebody like Dr Shameem any where near performing a role that requires some one to have integrity and impeccable principles and that’s a very good thing because up to this moment and Mr. Hannah’s case is a typical example and some other previous ones where she had not bothered to take any action.”

Meanwhile Dr Shameem said she is waiting for evidence of allegations against Hannah being a threat to national security, before she can comment

bis betica



7 Responses to “Comment on the ongoing bungle to explain the Hannah deportation”

  1. Mark Manning Says:

    While Shameem sits on her mimi , don’t hold your breath for her to act in favour of human rights , after-all , she’s a radical of the worst kind isn’t she ?
    Mick is living in lala land if he thinks there’s going to be fair elections at all under this silly man Frank !
    The only thing , apart from some well placed munitions , that will solve Fiji’s problems , is the imprisonment of all involved in this coup . Life imprisonment .

  2. Tim Says:

    Mark – she’s a wanna be radical. Things got comfortable for her though and she figured trinkets and treasures were a far easier option

  3. Tuesday Says:

    No shame shamimi’s been busy while sitting on her m*mi:

    The right to assembly

    The Fiji Human Rights Commission states that the Constitution defines the human rights law on demonstrations in Fiji.

    Section 31 of the Constitution states:

    (1) Every person has the right to assemble and demonstrate with others peacefully.

    (2) A law may limit, or may authorise the limitation of, the right to freedom of assembly:

    (a) in the interests of national security, public safety, public order, public morality, public health or the orderly conduct of national or municipal elections.

    The Commission advises that the law that limits the right to freedom of assembly in Fiji, pursuant to section 31 (2) (a), is the Public Order Act 1976.

    Section 2 of the Act provides the relevant definitions:

    ‘assembly’ means any gathering of three (3) or more persons assembled for a common purpose;

    ‘meeting’ means an assembly held for the purpose of discussion on matters of public interest or for the purpose of the expression of views on such matters.

    Section 8 of the Public Order Act states that a permit is required before any public meeting (assembly) can take place. A permit is mandatory.

    Schedule 1 of the Public Order Act provides the Form for the making of an application for a public meeting or assembly. The application must be made at least 7 days before the date of the proposed meeting.

    A meeting conducted in a public place without a permit would be unlawful and unconstitutional. Those breaking the law and acting unconstitutionally can therefore be arrested.

    Whether the Tibet protest in Fiji was constitutional would depend on whether a permit for the meeting or assembly was granted by the District Officer who is the delegated authority for issuing permits. Media reports suggest that a permit was not granted.

    The Fiji Human Rights Commission noted last week that the Delai Lama has publicly asked protestors on the issue of Tibet to keep their actions within the law.

    The Commission supports the Delai Lama’s call in this respect as being in concert with the Fiji Constitution.

    The Commission states that ignorance of the law is never an excuse and it would be advisable in future for protesters to receive competent legal advice before placing their safety and security at risk by engaging in unconstitutional or unlawful demonstrations.

    Since 1976 it has been a requirement of Fiji’s law that anyone wanting to demonstrate or express views in a public place should apply for a permit first. The 1997 Constitution in section 31 (2) made provision for the application of the Public Order Act 1976.

    The legal limitations to freedom of assembly should be noted carefully.

    Nevertheless, the Commission has asked the authorities not to press charges against the Fiji protesters whom they arrested as the point would have been made to them by now that a permit is required for any sort of public demonstration with a common purpose.

    (The views expressed are of the author and not of the Fiji Daily Post)

    Dr SHAISTA SHAMEEM – Chair, Fiji Human rights Commission

  4. Tuesday Says:

    Diamonds are forever. Bananas are for rfmf monkeys.”

    We grumpies like to mockingly describe Fiji’s ignorant and unelected soldier dictator and self-appointed Information Minister as Frank Bananarama. He runs a Banana Republic inhabited by intelligent people who know that democracy and communication skills are not taught at even the best military colleges and that freedom is not, for the time being, allowed to them.

    Internationally, the accepted opinion is that Frank went bananas. Reluctantly, we believe, Her Majesty The Queen agreed. She has not issued any invitations to garden parties to anyone connected with the illegal Fijian regime. This is a heartening and courageous decision that ranks alongside her award of the Afghan service medal to her grandson Harry, pinned on the plucky but highly protected lad’s chest by none other than His Great Aunty Anne.

    But meanwhile…

    The Great Frank, who rules over such a great deal of the Earth, has become so annoyed at local press coverage of his benevolent interim governance that he hasn’t merely deported two of its leading press executives; he’s now threatening to stop newspaper deliveries entirely by closing down the “unfair” media, which refused to print his press releases without asking questions.

    This will further damage Fiji’s economy and worldwide perception of Bananarama’s frankness. Not only (thanks to his clumsy coup and the resulting sanctions) has he lost the lucrative mercenary foreign earnings from sending Fijian soldiers to UN hotspots and a load of valuable aid and some tourists’ money; a large number of Fijian paper boys will shortly be sacked, while Frank has failed to get his “I know best” message across to anyone.

    Frankly, the real trouble for Frank is that, for Fijians, he doesn’t put money in the bank. He just means racist repression, freedom of expression, gratuitous violence, probable torture and at least one case of proven murder. He means even more poverty in an already poor nation. He means dictatorship in a country that was handed back its freedom by a flawed but democratic Great Britain.

    If that’s how you respect your ancient heritage and plan to bring Fiji into the 21st Century, Frank, good luck. You’ll get no help from us. We’ll get our sugar, bananas and sunshine holidays elsewhere.

    In Myanmar (Burma), at least 20,000 people have been killed by a typhoon. This is obviously a heaven-sent opportunity for the military junta to proceed with a planned referendum on a new constitution designed to keep the population even more firmly under the jackboot of vicious armed forces, since many of the voters (having been drowned) can instead have their voting papers looked after by military proxies. In the meantime, we eagerly await the first release of Burmese Windows XP and Vista-compatible software applications, and the cessation of exported drugs to the West.

    Myanmar is a country where many of the disenfranchised population view starvation as a way of life, and where its most prominent protester has been virtually imprisoned for decades. Her English husband died of cancer while she was under house arrest. She could not fly out to visit him, because the self-honoured apes who run Myanmar would not have allowed her to return. We did nothing when Buddhist monks took the initiative last year, and received slaughter as a reward.

    In Zimbabwe, nobody can count the number of deaths caused by Robert Mugabe’s Hitlerian obsession in holding on to power. This simian person, who has proudly presided over the utter destruction of Africa’s most prosperous nation, even sports a miniature Hitler moustache and declares that 100,000 percent inflation was all the fault of the British. Rather like Hitler said truckloads of Deutschmarks were all the fault of the Jews. Mugabe’s administration (like Hitler’s) takes longer than anyone imagined to massage the voting figures and then argues about the result.

    If and when a run-off vote is conducted, Mugabe will ensure that even more of his “police” are available to “help” illiterate voters stick their fingerprints in the correct place. Given recent experience, and much encouraged by international impotence, Mugabe will feel free to postpone the result until he is either acclaimed as the saviour of the nation, or called to account by the Supreme Creator. Mugabe’s inevitable descent to some sort of Hell may introduce him to the reality of life in Zimbabwe, but it will do nothing to help those left behind.

    Interestingly, the only African country to have enjoyed recent military intervention by British forces is Sierra Leone, which happens to possess one of the world’s largest known sources of diamonds and other valuable minerals. Zimbabwe’s balance sheet, political problems and difficult-to-get resources apparently cannot justify such an invasion. Zimbabwe is too hard, and profit prospects are too risky. Tough luck on you, the starving people of Zimbabwe.

    World leader US President George Bush, whose mission is to bring peace, blessings and democracy to every part of the globe except the United States and China before he retires to a memorial library in Texas, says that the tide has turned in oil-rich Eye-rack, although the new-queue-leer threat remains in oil-rich Eye-ran. Everyone, including New Zealand, agrees that Afghanistan could take up to a thousand years to sort out, while bringing our version of freedom to Russia and China must go into the too-hard box. For us, Afghanistan will be a long-term OE opportunity for people who don’t want to risk their lives in London.

    There was a time when people such as jumped-up and corrupt Burmese generals, Nigerian swindlers and Rhodesian dictators got a swift dose of correction from the Europeans who knew how to create and run a country and exploit it. Once upon a time, Fiji was run by white people who really knew how to make a buck from the natives. They imported Indian natives and made them work hard, too. The lazies did nothing, and the prosperous hard workers now face the envy and backlash of the layabouts. White folks are no longer involved.

    The inheritors of all these post-colonial cock-ups have made a total pig’s ear of their chance to improve their countries, and they have wreaked havoc on their compatriots. Having given all these people their freedom, it is not for the descendants of faulty imperialists to apologise for their own leaders’ failures.

    Instead, it is time for our Glorious and Baubled Foreign Minister Winston Peters to step in, step up, and become a true world statesman by clearly defining and declaring a new New Zealand foreign policy that states: “We are not interested in foreign oil. We are only interested in freedom. We will not ban any more Fijian footballers. We will welcome expelled Fiji journalists to our shores and, unless I hear from my mate Frank by 11 o’clock tonight, a state of war will exist between this country and Fiji. We will re-introduce conscription to bring justice to our oppressed Commonwealth friends, who seek freedom from dictatorship, the Queen, the generals, and all dictators. We will introduce the Kiwi wood-burning fire, and make everything we conquer once again sustainable.”

    The time, and the weather, now looks just about right for Winston to reach out and extend the reach of western-style democracy, re-establish the stamp of firm and freedom-loving government in more cost-effective and manageable areas and prove once and for all that he has an interest in helping other people to prosper, run themselves and not take the easy option by fleeing to the immigration desks at Auckland International Airport. Once past that forbidding desk, they are vulnerable to all manner of exploitation and low wages, and will only add to the flood of earned money from this country, as they send their cash to less fortunate relatives who live on islands that New Zealand has failed to develop.

    What we need today is decisive leadership that will send task forces to unseat Fijian, Burmese and Kimbabwean dictatorships. We can leave Darfur and Somalia and Russia to sort themselves out, although oil-rich Nigeria still poses something of a problem. The CIA will take care of Latin American socialists who have stolen ExxonMobil’s assets and helped to increase your petrol prices. You can bet your life that the people who run the world’s oil also run the world’s best secret services.

  5. natewaprince Says:

    Yaaawwwnnnnnnnnnnnn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    INCHEON airport in Seoul is huge, modern, slick and a shade over 10 hours’ flying from Nadi in Fiji, where I boarded a Korean Air flight at 10am last Friday.

    It was the halfway point on my huge dogleg flight to Sydney, a route only a madman would book, but the only route left to desperate immigration officials in Fiji, struggling to follow orders to deport me.

    Other airlines leaving Nadi that morning refused to carry me, observing High Court orders issued late the night before to prevent my deportation.

    The immigration staff who successfully deported me in a defiance of those orders also defied a writ of habeas corpus issued at the same hearing. This abuse of the rule of law is perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this saga, which began three months ago with the deportation of another publisher, Russell Hunter of The Fiji Sun.

    Media freedom is clearly at risk of further erosion, with interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, as late as Monday, threatening to close media outlets that fail to comply with his version of fair and balanced coverage.

    The manner of my deportation from Thursday night until now clearly adds to the mounting evidence human rights are becoming a heavily discounted commodity. I was denied consular access, denied unfettered use of my mobile phone and denied a reasonable place to rest while being detained.

    Left behind in Suva is a stunned workforce at The Fiji Times. Our committed, forthright editor-in-chief Netani Rika says his team will continue to report in the manner of the past, bringing all voices and opinions into our pages and favouring none. They are a credit to journalism, as all Fiji Times staff are a credit to Fiji’s embattled media industry.

    Also, painfully left behind is my family, wife Katarina and young son Ben struggling to come to terms with a fractured home and uncertain future.

    So how does someone manage to warrant deportation under the regime? The Defence Minister labelled me a “threat to national security”. This is a handy catch-all, which under the regime’s new law still to be tested in court means no explanation is required from the minister and no appeal is allowed to me.

    But I was not deported for this reason; this was added on Friday. On Thursday night, according to the deportation order I saw, I had merely breached the conditions of my work permit. That, too, was not backed with any explanation or evidence.

    I cannot find the trigger that led to the three immigration officers and one police constable appearing at my door at about 6.30pm on Thursday, clutching a yellow sheet of paper: the removal order. My wife’s sister, Meliki recognised one of the immigration men and asked them to wait at the door. She came to where my wife and I were talking at the back of our home and warned me.

    As I rang lawyers and our newsroom, Katarina let in the officers and sat them down in our lounge.

    A Fijian, Kata explained to the men that deporting me would deprive our son of his father. In traditional society, family is paramount. In her carefully worded Fijian, she pointed out I had a constitutional right to at least live in Fiji, as the spouse of a citizen.

    Her pleas saw the policeman wipe tears from his eyes, but the immigration team remained unmoved. Soon after our lawyers appeared, objected to my removal, were firmly rebuffed, and I had less than a minute to farewell my wife and now crying and distressed son. We were told I would be taken to Nadi and deported to Sydney the next morning. I was escorted to a sedan, wedged in the middle of the back seat between two officials. Then followed a car chase worthy of a B-grade Hollywood movie, with unmarked vehicles creating temporary roadblocks, speedy trips down side roads, switching vehicles and continuous conversations and shouted orders on multiple mobile phones. Finally the media pack was lost, and we headed west into the filthy storm that had been brewing for hours.

    At times during the 200km trip from Suva to Nadi, normally a three-hour drive on mostly single-lane roads, we were reduced to crawling at 20km/h, so heavy was the rain. At others we sped up to 110km/h, 30km/h over the national limit, in an attempt to make up time.

    This casual breach of the law could have forewarned me to breaches to come, but this is Fiji, where road rules are designed to be broken by government vehicles. I discovered the breach was solely required to reach Nadi in time to catch the best takeaway food outlets. Once we reached our destination a private home on the outskirts of the airport the lead immigration officer complained that my delays in Nadi meant he couldn’t buy his preferred fast food.

    He seemed surprised at my curt tone that I wasn’t particularly worried that my attempt to exercise my rights to legal counsel had ruined his meal. He may already have been annoyed, however, by my constant references to the fact orders for my release had been issued by the High Court in Suva.

    I discovered this exhilarating news halfway across the island, when I was allowed to use my mobile phone to assure my wife I was physically safe. When I relayed her news that orders had been issued, I was met with silence. I tried many more times to get this message across and was ignored. My phone was taken from me, as was my briefcase containing my laptop.

    There followed a mostly sleepless and worrying night on a single bed with single, unwashed sheet, a musty blue bedcover and two lumpy pillows with stained, embroidered pillowcases. My escorts also slept in the first floor of the house, one curled up on the small table, another stretched out on a bench, the only furnishing in the “lounge” area.

    The next morning I was offered tea, and we were whisked away again, this time to a security gate on the airport’s perimeter.

    Here we switched vehicles again, and another set of casually dressed men climbed into the vehicle and drove me through the airport grounds, underneath the nose of a Boeing 747 and around to the VIP arrivals area, which looked unusually neat and tidy.

    I discovered soon after it had been prepared for the arrival of the interim Prime Minister and his entourage, coming back to Fiji on Korean Air.

    From my new base at the VIP departure lounge, a Ministry of Information officer and I sat alone listening to the various boarding calls of flights to Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane come and go, but unable to see into the departures area.

    Three hours later a protocol officer joined us and beckoned me to follow.

    We left the airport building and went on to the tarmac. I asked him where we were going, sure the orders had finally been obeyed, and that I was to be dropped at the public area of the terminal.

    Instead, he pointed to the Korean Air Airbus 50m away, the jet that brought Commander Bainimarama into Fiji earlier that morning. “You’re going on that,” he said.

    That Fiji had resorted to the deportation process at all was astounding, but to have to resort to such a slapstick solution in defiance of the courts was beyond my rational understanding at the time. I was handed back my briefcase and mobile phone as I boarded and took seat 51C, and was finally able to contact my wife. I have no idea what I said to her, but knowing I would be out of contact for many hours was deeply depressing.

    The beer Australian consular officials bought me at luncheon will remain a courtesy I will never forget, a civilised punctuation mark in a disgraceful episode that is another illustration of Fiji’s present approach to good governance, transparency and accountability.

    Evan Hannah is the managing director and publisher of The Fiji Times. He was deported by the Fiji Government last week. The Fiji Times is owned by The Australian’s owner, News Limited.

  7. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    To the Hannah family – Evan, Katarina and Ben

    My tears flow and my heart bleeds as I read your account of that horrid experience. I am overwhelmed with the saddest disappointments and terrible shame that is doubly hard to swallow given the players are Katarina’s and my own people. It’s so hard for me to believe that my own can resort to such distasteful, arrogant, and reckless behaviour towards human beings and as if that weren’t enough they did it all and in the face of blatant disregard for the laws of the land. As I sit here typing away; my heart cries out for little Ben and I wish upon wish for a power likened to a magic wand to revert your loving family’s situation and for that matter, our beloved country.

    Mr Hannah, please accept my apology on behalf of the greater majority of people who feel the way I do but lacking the means to reach you.
    Thank you for serving Fiji
    May God bless you and your family

    Ni sa Moce.

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