There is no law in Fiji

In the wake of the deportation of Fiji Times publisher, Evan Hannah,
Fiji’s military-backed regime has demonstrated to the world that it has no
desire to abide by due process under the law.

This was implicit in the failure yesterday of Fiji’s dictator, Voreqe
Bainimarama, when he met with Fiji’s media editors, to offer any details
as to the alleged wrongdoing of Fiji Times publisher Evan Hannah.

It was also implicit four days earlier in the total lack of due process
accorded to Hannah.

Like Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter before him, Hannah was subject to a
total and profound denial of justice when he was thrown out of the
country.

In both cases, the regime’s approach to due process was to ignore it.

Court writs notwithstanding, the regime chose to act as prosecutor, judge
and jury, illegally supplanting the role of the nation’s law enforcement
agencies and judiciary.

It is noteworthy that Bainimarama and Mahendra Chaudhry are both quoted in
today’s Fiji Times taking issue with what they perceive as biased
reporting of Fiji’s interim government.

That is what the deportations are really about – sending a strong signal
to a free media to watch its step.

“National security” is just a convenient cloak under which to hide its gross
manipulation of the law to achieve its ends.

As Russell Hunter said when he arrived in Australia after his illegal
deportation:

“There is no law in Fiji.”

By its own desperate actions to intimidate the media, Fiji’s regime has
seemingly gone out of its way to prove the appalling truth of those words.

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58 Responses to “There is no law in Fiji”

  1. bisbetica Says:

    This all stems from the willingness of the coup conspirators before the coup to commit treason, the commission of treason by the coup d’etat that removed the Qarase government, the breach of the constitution by the attempted usurpation of the position of the President by Bainimarama.

    Once they had committed treason, with a few murders, beatings, unlawful detention, abductions, assaults, torture, NOTHING is beyond them. Never mind the PR exercise with the ‘charter that will end all coups’, and ‘fix Fiji’s fundamental problems’ and bring about ‘true democracy’. All TRUE LIES more like!

    No law, no constitution, never mind common decency or common sense, rfmf dictatorship will do ANYTHING to stay in power. The population are not falling for their charter farter, they continue to break their PROMISES, they keep having to PULL STUNTS to get attention, or take attention away from a FAILURE, but all they keep doing is COMPOUNDING the basic problem of INCOMPETENCE and MISCALCULATION.

    The law? whats that? they won’t know the LAW until we ENFORCE it.

    The CONTORTIONS, spin, lies, re-characterisation of the TRUTH by the rfmf dictatorship results in the daily dose of FARCES. They’re on a roll, its not even one farce a day, its probably hundreds per day, only a few get reported in the MEDIA.

    Heres the second shamimi DECIDING that a DECREE can AMEND the CONSTITUTION and give ficac prosecutorial powers that are EXCLUSIVELY the power of the DPP through the CONSTITUTION.

    If things drag on as expected, the shamimi will rule in ficac’s favor, they’ll appeal to the court of appeal and who’s sitting there- shamimi’s other mates daniel, pathetik, scuttbutt, byrnes, all appointed by the IG.

    Lawyer queries FICAC’s right
    3-May-2008 01:07 PM

    THE Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption does not have the power to prosecute criminal charges under constitutional power, the High Court in Suva heard yesterday.

    Lawyer Apaitia Seru made the submission before Justice Nazhat Shameem during the hearing of his client’s case, the former Commissioner Central Inoke Devo.

    Devo is facing charges of corruption and misconduct.

    In Seru’s submission yesterday he said FICAC should be made independent from the Director of Public Prosecutions Office given the current situation which involved charging people and prosecuting their case.

    The Constitution is the Supreme Law,” he said.

    Seru argued that FICAC does not have the right to prosecute any case but only the DPP’s Office on the grounds that under the Constitution Penal Code (CPC) only DPP can prosecute and lay charges in any case.

    However, Justice Shameem said under the amended President’s promulgation anyone can prosecute the case.

    But when the case is brought to court only DPP have the power to lay charges.

    FICAC’s legal representative Sofia Shah said FICAC had the right to reserve prosecution and if other parties do not want the commission to prosecute their case, DPP could always take over the proceedings.

    The defence then requested the court to determine whether FICAC should continue to charge people and prosecute matters in court.

    For this Justice Shameem yesterday ruled that DPP should be given time to address the court on the issue before the matter continued.

    The court gave the DPP’s Office one month to make their submission. The matter has been adjourned to May 28.

    Justice Shameem said Seru’s application would be heard after DPP made its submission.

    By SERUWAIA NABOLA
    Daily Post

  2. bisbetica Says:

    An insightful statement from Professor Stewart Firth, longtime Fiji/Pacific academic pointing out that there was probably some kind of conspiracy to keep Mr. Hannah hidden away until the goons could put him on the plane. Hows about that for AVOIDING the law?? Just puts the lie to the so called ‘true democracy’, ‘cleanup’, ‘anti-corruption’, ‘good governance’ buzzwords of the rfmf military regime.

    The silence of coup apologists like Talei, Prue, Barr, Swani is DEAFENING. Suppose they’ll now pipe up in support of the IG new brainwave to REFORM the civil service (since it looks like the Charter and a few other reforms like the GCC etc are FAILING) aimed at taking the public imagination and to rebuild public support for the reform of the inefficient civil service.The geniuses never learn to stop picking fights that they cannot win! Already the unions are restive, who wants to bet they’ll gazette new PSC regulations even before any ‘consultation’ and start laying people off.

    Muzzling of media, judiciary undermining Fiji’s constitution: Professor Stewart Firth

    May 6, 2008 15:29:00

    Key aspects of Fiji’s constitution are being undermined by the interim government in its dealings with the media and the judiciary, according to a leading expert in Pacific Islands governance.

    Military ruler Commodore Frank Bainimarama held an extraordinary general meeting of news editors yesterday in which he threatened to “shut them down” if their coverage of the Government did not improve.

    The case of the deported publisher Evan Hannah will return to court tomorrow after the government ignored a High Court ruling overturning the deportation order.

    In his 20-year career, Fiji Times editor Netani Rika has personally witnessed more military coups than the average journalist.

    He says the relationship between the interim government and the media is more tense today than ever before.

    “I’ve told people, yeah, we’ve been here before,” he said.

    “I did my cadetship here in 1988 just after the first coup and at that time, the media was under a similar threat, but probably to a slightly lesser extent.”

    Press freedoms are enshrined in Fiji’s constitution. Under the guise of protecting those freedoms, yesterday Commodore Bainimarama personally warned the media that he would shut them down if he had to.

    “I think the words that were used were that we should be in no doubt that he would have no qualms about that [shutting down the media], but that this would be a worst-case scenario,” Mr Rika said.

    “We obviously have stood on many toes over the last 18 months. I think all people need to know that a threat exists, even if the Government is going to deny that it made that threat.”

    Freedom under threat
    Last week, contrary to a High Court ruling, the interim government arrested and deported Fiji Times publisher Evan Hannah. The matter will return to court on Wednesday.

    The Fiji Times is owned by News Limited, which is trying to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

    “In one sense the military government has done a relatively good job in trying to paint itself in a responsible light and paint a picture that they were forced to take control of the country because of malpractice, if you like, in the existing government. That their intention very strongly is to return to a democratically-elected government as soon as possible,” editorial operations chief Campbell Reid said.

    “I think their actions both brought on a sharp relief from Evans’s expulsion but also before that, really belie that intention and I think they are struggling to actually manage the country and the country’s economy is suffering because of that.

    “I think in the light of the expulsion of now three journalists in this year, really gives a lie to the fact that they are determined to move to a genuinely democratic, open and free society underpinned by two things that are tested directly in this case – the rule of law and freedom of speech.”

    Deportation outrage
    Commodore Bainimarama, who seized power in a coup in 2006, runs what he describes as a constitutional democracy.

    But many observers agree that is a name only.

    The Australian National University Pacific Centre’s Stewart Firth says immigration officials were instructed by the Fijian Government to ignore the legal order of the High Court.

    Mr Firth, who is also a co-author of From Election to Coup in Fiji, says the deportation decision is totally outrageous.

    “It is not really in the Fiji tradition. One of the extraordinary things about Fiji, the noble things about Fiji after the 2000 coup was in fact that it was a court decision which the interim government accepted in order to restore democracy,” he said.

    “It was as a consequence of the court decision that democracy came back. This time it looks as if the Government wants to control the judiciary.

    “We’ve seen some evidence of that already in terms of appointments and so on.”

    The Prime Minister’s media unit issued a press release this morning, quoting the Prime Minister’s Permanent Secretary, Parmesh Chand.

    He says reports of yesterday’s meeting are unfair, grossly exaggerated and taken out of context.

    Also the Permanent Secretary for Information, he says the Government is committed to freedom of media, provided there is fair and balanced reporting on issues.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/05/06/2236997.htm

  3. IslandBoy Says:

    This from Fijilive folks. Three cheers for the Ro Teimumu, Ratu Naiqama and the main man, Ratu Suli! Let us all write in support of our brave chiefs. We the people of Rewa salute the Gone Turaga Tui Cakau and the Gone Turaga tera taudua the Tui Namosi.
    ———————-
    Chiefs lobby against interim regime
    06 MAY 2008
    ——————————————————————————–

    Three paramount chiefs from Namosi, Rewa and Cakaudrove will lobby against the interim government when they file a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council on issues surrounding indigenous Fijians.

    The head of the Burebasaga confederacy and Rewa chief Ro Teimumu Kepa has confirmed to Fijilive that with Ratu Suliano Matanitobua and Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, they are putting together a paper that would be forwarded to the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues.

    Ro Teimumu said indigenous Fijians are being threatened through the actions of the interim government.

    Our rights have been taken away because the IG dictates everything now and the people have no say, she said.

    ?We are being threatened with changes to our chiefly system, which includes the Great Council of Chiefs and also the interim government has brought about a lot changes that is affecting our everyday decision making.

    ?With all that?s happening most of the villages around the country have not been able to get any sort of assistance and people are suffering.?

    Ro Teimumu said these changes have greatly affected the indigenous Fijians one way or the other.

    The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly last year with the mandate to develop a set of minimum standards that would protect indigenous peoples.

    Fijilive

  4. IslandBoy Says:

    Au kerea na nomuni veivosoti na Turaga kei na Marama. Sa sivia na noqu raqa ena nodra vakaraitaka tiko na dina kei na dodonu na noqu Gone Marama Bale. @ LUVfiji – qai raica, lewa.

    ‘Bullying tactics’ dismay paramount chief
    06 MAY 2008
    ——————————————————————————–

    Fiji’s Interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s comments against media outlets have met heavy criticism from Rewa chief Ro Teimumu Kepa.

    Speaking to Fijilive this afternoon, Rewa’s paramount chief and head of the Burebasaga confederacy said closing media outlets would mean isolating Fiji from the rest of the world.

    “Even the people in the villages depend on the media for their daily updates and this would mean that they would be isolated as well,” she said.

    “I really am crying for Fiji and it’s sad to see that our beloved state is heading nowhere with politicians in the interim government doing nothing.”

    Ro Teimumu said the interim government should now realise that whatever it’s trying to achieve is not coming its way.

    She also blames Commodore Bainimarama for making wrong decisions and not listening to the plight of the people.

    “We just cannot go on like this because each and every day we are taking a step backwards from reality and the interim government should start making some wise choices.”

    Fijilive

  5. IslandBoy Says:

    @Dauvavana – vacava that my nite? Nodaru GMB segai ni rerevaki Voreqe se ratou na lewe ni mataivalu. Ke ra rava qima na noda iliuliu turaga, kitou na wekamuni mai baravi segai ni kila na druka.

  6. pusiloa Says:

    @ IB, leqa ni levu nodatou turaga tagane (tabu saka yani) sa mai sogoti tu na gusudra ena dua nai wase ni $2m nei chorochoro….

  7. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Fiji can protest pracefully AND ACCEPT ARRESTS and whatever other costs that come with it to reclaim their Fiji. As soon as they hit the streets I will be on that plane bound for Nadi. Sega ni rawa meda sa va tu ga qo. Me na qai yaco tu i vei?

  8. tosotiko Says:

    Dina sara ga. Kena gauna me da vakaraitaka kina na lewe levu na noda rarawataka na veika era mai vakayacora tu na yavu kocokoco, dauveiqati ka ra usoraki ira yani ki na i tutu ni veiliutaki e noda Viti lomani.

  9. IslandBoy Says:

    @pusiloa – vosoti au kemuni, segai sara ni dua vi kitou na tukadra se budra na GMB e gunu ena tobu qori. Rauti kitou vinaka na uciwai drodro mai Naitasiri.

    @KB – ni kua ni dro – if they tear this country down 10 times, we will stay to rebuild 11 times. We will never be part of the drain of human resources, we cast our lot with the mountains and the islands the good Lord gave us, lets all stay here and fix this problem come hell or high water, neither Frank nor any weapon formed against us shall prosper.

  10. IslandBoy Says:

    @pusiloa – mena qai caka gona vaka what, vakabibi o rau na turaga rua, wekadra voleka na noda Ravouvou qaqa mai Natewa. We will have to ask NP to solve the problem of the two Abels.

    Segai mada ni vaqimai na noqu i vola e cake sa lade sara vi Adi KB. Au via kanaka ga vi kemuni ni qai qai yani na i qaiqaini reguregu se qai qima ga qo vi kitou sa qai sara vakadodonu ki na vale ni soqo, sa segai na muri i vale levu. O ni sa na taura rawa nai balebale ni kalawa mai caka qo.

    Kitou segai ni yalo lailai kina se me kitou lomana ira na maku mai vale levu, ni ra tu dei tu ena nodra dela ni soso.

    Ka dina taucoko o kemuni, era sa voli rawarawa ena $2 million, vakavuna me sa vakanadakui o Jerusalemi.

    Apologies to non Fijian speakers, IMHO its really important for us to discuss and disclose with respect, the ramifications of the actions of this illegal regime and its supporters with regard to its effects on our traditional cultural governance structure.

    There is a lot happening behind the scenes within the Fijian community, e.g., Ratu Filimoni Ralogaivau’s sisters speaking publicly in the papers regarding his intention to force himself into position of eligibility as an installed chief for consideration in the new look GCC and subsequently the VP’s seat.

    Under normal circumstances we would never presume to be curious about the proceedings of another province, considered extremely ill mannered and bad form.

    Now we must share information so we can present a united front, using networks outside the GCC framework which was the traditional forum of provincial information exchange amongst our chiefs and representatives.
    Everything we learn from SV, whether fact or anecdote we pass on up the chain.

  11. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Isalnd boy “keitou” sega ni “kitou”

    Still it is only talks..

    Need actions now 17 months of talks and still nothing

    Kua ni talanoataki mai na ‘dro” se na reugregu se na veika tale eso

    Just talk about rising up. Take to the streets. That is all we want to hear now. Enough of the talks that is aimed at distractions from an uprising.

  12. Tui Says:

    In the the first year of the coup, you would hear the daily dribble from the RFMF Media Cell and the illegal pm. n These knuckleheads were on national tv and radio everyday. It now seems a little “quite on the Western front”. They have decide to bring Lewinsky back. It seems no one is more qualified to say ahhhh aaaaaah..like the bandmaster himself. The pig is not squealing and pointing much these days. Sa cava, sa rere? Maybe he gave up making a fool of himself every time to wanted to pronounce words and read his speeches. There were also the daily propagnda radio ads coming from Radio Fiji such as, “E sa taura na veilitaki na mataivalu.” That comment has aslo been taken of the airwaves of Radio Fiji. And what has happened to Kalivati Batibasaga and his “Bulikula”! For one whole year before the coup and months after, this radio program was spewing so much hatred towards the SDL and other past Fijian leaders. The program even boasted in one of its Fijian poems that it knew well before hand, that the pig would take over government in a coup.
    In time we will dig out the archives of Communication Fiji limited and William Parkinson will be investigated for broadcasting such evil and hatred on our airwaves. Well Bulikula has also faded away into the dark Fiji night.
    These morons will fade away in the dark and history will only remember them as “insignificant nobodies!”

  13. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Hmm thanks for that Tui. I wonder what they are all saying now that the country is in tatters. They must be happy. Someone ought to seek them for interviews on whether they still hold those beliefs given the sorry state of affairs we are in.

  14. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    And I maintain that organised peaceful marches in Fiji is now ripe. Keda sa talanoa va balavu tiko mai qo sa oti yani e 17 na vula talanoa se ia ga. Mai vanua. Kemudou vakasamataka qo. Gone vuli mera tucake mai and demonstrate peacefully calling for the country to return to parliamentary democracy rule N O W. Then Baini will sit up and hustle to meet his promised March 2009 election. People have to prepare him for future scenarios by giving a sample or a series of samples of what lies ahead if election date is not met. We can not just keep on keeping on with status quo knowing full well how unstable he and cronies are.

    We, the majority own Fiji not the selected few in this IG

  15. Peace Pipe Says:

    This pig is an absolutely pathetic dicktaker. How he remains at the helm of leadership to date is a wonder in itself. Lacking all the necessities of a leader he is being propped up by the brain trust team of the snake, arse, shamimi, baramess and co. Funny I don’t see any Fijian name on the list. Everytime the pig splutters some insanity there seemed an immediate firebrigade at the scene dousing out the fire. Eg the pig said “I will shut down the media”. Then a response came from paramess saying he was taken out of context. Come on we are not kids man. It is clear as daylight the pig can’t be trusted to make statement on his own. He shoot his foot every time he does. So he has have beside him the arse or baramess dousing out the various flame he creates. This insane circus is driving us all crazy with the star clown pig at centerstage.

  16. IslandBoy Says:

    @Katalina – FYI ” kitou ” is my dialect, the dialect in which I choose to communicate.

    When I wrote – kua ni dro – I mistakenly assumed you were living in Suva, like some of us, but now realise you are overseas based.

    I have explained to non Fijian speakers why I think its important to discuss the events going on in our provinces, so I will not repeat my arguments here.

    However I am totally opposed to your exhortation to people living in Fiji to take to the streets in an uprising. Violence only begets violence and in our case it wil lbe the innocent people of this country, the women and children and innnocent bystanders who will get hurt and possibily killed.

    You are very irresponsible tellig people to take to the streets in an uprising without any concern for their safety and well being. You are also cowardly telling us to rise up from your distant vantage point.

    If you feel so strongly about an uprising don’t wait, hop the next flight and come and take to the streets, put your money where your mouth is.

    If you hop a plane as soon as people in Fiji hit the streets, even if you are just coming in from TBU or VLI, the closest international destinations to NAN, by the time you land, all you will find are the dead bodies of unarmed citizens. Can you say you are willing to accept those costs?

    Kua na vosa vaka lialia. O iko bula tiko mai valagi. Kimami qima sa tu na sala vaka vanua me kimami muria. O iko beka ga e levu na nomu tamata mo lai vakaciciva e salevu?

    The ordinary citizens of this country are unarmed, the illegal regime is backed by the armed forces and that is their power base, DID YOU NOT KNOW THAT?

    That is why we must find strategies to fight back in non-violent ways that will protect the safety of our people. No responsible or sane leader would ever ask the people to endager their lives. Sa rauta na “talks” vi iko.

  17. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    And where and how has that sala vakavanua gotten you the last 17 months?

    Nowhere

    Time to rise now and take to the streets peacefully.. p e a c e fully

    E cava? ratou ulukobo ulukauvatu na sotia meratou vanalaki ira na tamata?

    Are they that irresponsible?

    T

  18. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Take to the streets P e a c e fu l l y.

    If blood be shed so be it

    And no It will not be on my hands.

    And what is wrong with dying? We all will have to die some day. Is Baini afraid to die? Why?

  19. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    On another related subject, Acting Minister for Finance Filipe Bole has announced the tax threshold raised from $9,000 – $15,000 to assist low income earners, which is commendable, but how is it going to fund this shortfall?

    Let’s not be easily fooled by these stupid people!

    Keep up the fight.

  20. IslandBoy Says:

    Tailevu and Cakaudrove declaring their colours this evening and still waiting for Nadroga Navosa to weigh in. Our provinces will prevail aganist the IR. Three cheers for Cakaudrove and Tailevu!

    By my count the provinces not supporting the illegal regime meaning neither the NCBBF or GCC reform process ( at least those that have made public statements) are Tailevu, Rewa, Naitasiri, Namosi, Ba and Cakaudrove.

    Public statements pro the IR from Serua and Kadavu.

    Does anyone know the stance taken by Ra, Lomaiviti, Bua, Macuata, Lau and Rotuma?

    5 – 2 we’re winning folks, I have every expectation that the Turaga Na Kalevu will speak against the IR. so hopefully 6 – 2 by tommorow.

  21. LUVfiji Says:

    @IB

    Mush baba! 10 points to Tailevu! Mataiwelagi has prevailed on this one. Wow.. Now I am so proud to be a kai Tailevu.

    And, big cheers for Ca’au for the similar stance they’ve taken.

    Me rogo tale mada mai na i le ‘ya.. Tailevu no leqa!

  22. IslandBoy Says:

    @LUVfiji – I never had any doubts, marau na yalo, kimu yalo kaukaua kina na wekamuni mai Rewa Marama Naita, ni sa bind vata o Tailevu, Rewa, Naitasiri kei Namosi. Qai kena ikuri ni mosi vi au o baba!

  23. anon Says:

    Katalina vaka cava mo lako i Viti lai liutaka na protest o tukuna tiko qori. Kua na kodrokodro tiko mai vakayawa.

  24. Tebara Says:

    LOL @ anon ! kena vosavosa vaka Rewa …Put ya money where ya mouth is … !

  25. aubatinuku-N Says:

    I totally agree @ Tebara.

  26. IslandBoy Says:

    @Anon – Bula Vinaka Tau. I must say I have to disagree with Katalina Balawanilotu when she says – “If blood be shed, so be it.” I would not want any of my relatives to endanger their lives.

    She also questions if the RFMF will shoot people. I guess she did not read about the poor Rabaka kid. One young men against ten of them and they stomped him to death. Verebasaga, same case. These guys were not even on the streets, much less protesting.

    Many of my elderly relatives were brutalised when they attacked Kalabu District School and I can’t describe the lump that welled up in my chest, the emotions that overtook me when I saw them.

    Could not reconcile what my eyes were telling me and the fact that my heart had always believed armed and fit young Fijian men could never ever do such things to their elderly.

    It destroyed the bedrock of my concept of Fijian-ness. The likes of these will suffer while Katalina is catching the next flight to Nadi.

  27. LUVfiji Says:

    So true anon. And I like the way you put it!

    E teri kila tiko o ko kodrokodro tiko mai qori na raravisa e tiko mai Delainabua. If it were not for their brutality and inhumaness; we would have long been on the streets doing exactly what she has just started talking about on this site. Our peaceful means of protest is through the power of our keyboards – thanks to Solivakasama!

    Lets blog on dear folks…

  28. jow Says:

    frank and chaudary u guyz rock….
    n these puftas who rite on blogs wil just stick to wat they do best..hidin behind the computer screen n being pathetic.
    i personally declare a war on all the bloggers who write against the interim government n i will find each one of u n do things unheard of..

    clocks ticking n m lookin at the first pufta rite now..

  29. jow Says:

    tinker17@mail2world.com

  30. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    The power of the keyboard has not stopped Bainimarama and his kind.

    17 months on and still these keyboards have done nothing

    Take to the streets peacefully

    SV agrees

    Unless you really do not want the military to stop; which is understandable given your support of them yes?

  31. LUVfiji Says:

    Hey girl, taking to the street means freedom, and that is the luxury we dont have. But please, feel free to do it yourself. If I remember correctly from an earlier post you indicated you were from Lakeba. Esa daumaka… dou laki ia sara. Maybe your young chief in the military might have some compassion towards you and yr peaceful protest.

    I am quite content with my keyboard… and I will blog on for 17 months more!

  32. IslandBoy Says:

    Legal Eagles HELEP PLEASE. This afternoon I heard Christopher Pryde on radio, sorry can’t remember the station, explaning the state’s request to strike out the habeus corpus (sp?) writ filed by Jon Jon Apted o.b.o Fiji Times regarding Evan Hannah.

    He said that the motion to strike out is because Hannah is not being held by any state and is not being detained, so move to strike.

    Please bear with this layman thinking out loud, but isn’t the reason Hannah isn’t here in the first place is because they (the illegal state) defied the law when the court said stop the deportation process and produce the guy in court.

    Isn’t their appeal to the court for a favourable ruling based on their action which defied that same court in the first place.

    To me it’s like, ” don’t take us to court for robbery because you have no witnesses, as we killed the only witness you had, so therefore we can’t be tried for robbery.”

    Its like that joke about a kid who killed his parents, then pleaded for the mercy of the court because he was an orphan. WTF?

    Is this line of thinking even allowed? Sorry for the French folks but this was truly a – fuck me dead – moment.

  33. IslandBoy Says:

    @LUVfiji – da kanaka sa qai mai, segai, volavola tiko ga, ko saraga na ka e kanaka me da kua ni kitaka, qai kanaka tiko ga mai me da lai tayabe.
    O koya na loya, dagese tiko mai Lola.

    Segai ni kila o koya ni oso sara tu ga na gunisala ena mata ni makete levu ni se cemuri ruve tiko o Vilimaina. Me qima sara na nona vaqiqi moli, qai galala me rawa ni caka na tayabe.

  34. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    So what is the motivation ?

    Let the idea ride the tide without slamming it @ its embryonic stages yes?

    Someone or some people out there may have a few brilliant plans not yet known by any of us. In other words

    What is the harm in keeping the NOTION open?
    What have you or anyone else go to loose BY keeping this thinking alive and well.

    Who gains by the urgency to quashing the mindset geared towards peaceful physical appearance in large numbers on the streets in Fiji ?

    That is a dictatorial stance. Like that we have seen from Bainimarama and those up at Delainabua yes?

  35. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Does it have to be in that specific spot? Sa lailai tu na veibasoga ni waloko lelevu kei na lalai mai Viti me vala kina a tayabe ?

    All the littlest excuses under the sun aye?

    Kevaka o tavinakata that is your right

    But it will live so that those who wish it can formulate strategies knowing they have support.

  36. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    Islandboy – I think the court should recognise that that line of reasoning just doesnt fly. It is similar to the necessity argmt that they are trying to use in justifying the coup – when the real threat to national security was from the military themselves.

    Not wanting to pre-empt the courts decision but i think that the real issue should be the contempt shown by these ppl for the courts. They were clearly playing hide and seek from the media and the lawyer was at the airport showing all and sundry the court order. We just have to wait and see whether the court has the balls to see that its orders are being followed.

  37. LUVfiji Says:

    @IB – Turaga Naita, me qai tayabe ga o Vilimaina kei ira na ruve.

  38. Jose Says:

    Dou yalovinaka dou kakua ni veiwalitaki Vilimaina. I find it absolutely distasteful. She is already disadvantaged with her intellectual and mental disabilities. There’s no need for that and it’s cruel and insensitive. I’m sure with a different frame of mind she would opt for a better quality of life. na ka kecega eda vinakata.

  39. IslandBoy Says:

    @Jose – My sincere apologies, if I have offended you, this is not LUVfiji’s doing, I started the Vilimaina issue. I would never make fun of people with mental or other disabilites.

    Sorry to digress but just to let you know, that I have called her on her tricks. Quite some time ago I was going to the main bus stand after work and just in front of the FINTEL building, where there are some old bua trees, she had made piles of the old dead leaves and covered herself head to toe.

    I happened to be walking with a whole group of friends, staff members from the old Travelodge and a couple of metres in front of us were an elderly European couple staying at the Travelodge.

    Just when they got level with the pile of leaves under which she was hidden she jumped up and screamed right in their faces. Then she yelled Bula in a cibi stance.

    They were both rudely shocked, but the old man started clutching his chest in pain and we rushed forward to help him and had to sit him down on the FINTEL verandah. The lady got some pills out of her purse and one of us went into the FINTEL office to get some water. (Before the days of Fiji Water) When he said he was fine, we stopped a taxi and put them in it to go back to the hotel.

    When this was going on one of the ladies from the Travelodge, started berating Vilimaina. Ma is from tailevu and said that Vilimain was velavela, what if the old man had died.

    Then all of a sudden she was contrite and started apologising saying she didn’t mean it etc. da kila saraga ni tiko vata na yalona. She works as a housegirl, or used to, up in Tamavua and when she gets closer to her stop, all the craziness dissappears and she starts conversing with people from her neighbourhood.

    If you ever see her acting up, tell her off and tell her you will let her family know and then watch her slink away. But point taken about not making fun of the disabled.

  40. Indian Says:

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23662171-16953,00.html

  41. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Great news!

    Vilimaina a great asset to the tayabe yes?

    We can think up many ways to put her tactics to serving the cause

  42. LUVfiji Says:

    Greater still if you’d join her and be her shield ! Vilimaina is like a prized possession of Suva and we’d luv to protect her from the brutal hands of the soldiers.

    Here’s a thought. Since y’re so persistent about a march; wud you round up support of some Lakeba people and take to the streets of Suva in peaceful protest? Dou tayabe mada na Lakeba. I would luv to see the reaction from yr young chief in the military. I just wonder if he will touch you guys. O koya saraga e liutaka tiko na veivakalolomataki mai Nakeba ni Mataivalu. A word of caution though: remember Peter Waqavonovono? Even with his Lakeba connection he wasnt spared. Peter wasnt on the street when he was hauled up to the camp. He was dragged out from his mother’s house and taken into the cruel hands of the man who claimed to be Peter’s chief – na nomudou roko ului. Ke ka dou lai tovolea mada na ka a sotakaya o Peter.

    The poor boy came out of that camp traumatised. His family had to pitch in time and money on counselling to help him out of it. Then there is the story on Losena Salabula.

    O au na kai Kubuna. Me’u tukuna saraga vakadodonu mai na vuani utoqu, ena sega sega ni tarai au na nomudou turaga tiko qori mai Nakeba. I will therefore refrain from taking to the streets even in peaceful protest while he, like the coward that he is, stands behind the barrel of the gun.

  43. anon Says:

    LUVfiji, a tamatamani coward sa tu tu.

  44. IslandBoy Says:

    @LUVfiji & Anon – drau bula vinaka na marama rua. Has anybody thanked SV for the salusalu we have been given. I realised that all wordpress hosted sites had these borders but being assigned your own bouquets is ver special, its great and lifts the look of the site, don’t you think.

    Totoka vaka oti ni soli yadua mai vei keda. Vinaka vakalevu SV, kemudou na rosi, qai dua ga na tamani orchid levu vi Kutu! Sa dede ko yali mai vale.

    By the way any news from Nadroga/Navosa? I was on the road earlier and still have yet to read the papers.

  45. Linus Says:

    Worth reading; and one more link to follow

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23667817-16953,00.html

  46. Linus Says:

    Another good link

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23668811-16953,00.html

  47. Linus Says:

    The Australian n/paper on Fiji’s leaders

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23666995-16953,00.html

  48. Jose Says:

    LUVfiji Says:

    May 9, 2008 at 7:36 am
    “Vilimaina is like a prized possession of Suva and we’d luv to protect her from the brutal hands of the soldiers.”

    That’s the spirit. Much appreciated.

  49. Adi Kaila Says:

    Please People –

    You’re all doing the right thing expressing your articulate views on this site and also helping others to understand that the situation in Fiji is not one where we can just gather and protest, however peaceful it may be. It’s too damn dangerous not only for the protesters but their families living in Fiji.

    The proof is in the dispicable way innocent people have been dragged up to the barracks to be bashed up for nothing, in the dispicable way Hunter and Hannah were disgracefully deported – GET IT?!

    This is why we use pseudonyms here – mainly to protect our families.

  50. Tebara Says:

    Au kerei iko Katalina me kua ni levu tiko la mai na gusumu ni kaci tayabe e Suva.

    Vacava mada mo biuta mai na bulimu na Air Pacific vuka mai Suva. Sa kua so na kodro tiko vaka na koli kila!!

    So much for your embryonic ideas – remember at the end of the day your ass is not on the line! Those of our peers who have spoken out ideas and call on gathering of peacefully rally and or forums have either being hurled to QEB or harrased by Vores ball wipers.

    Seriously, if you are passionate about your views.. Air Pacific flies frequently between your major airport and Nadi. There is no reason to stop you from delivering on your ideas.

    Sa kua so na katakata tiko vaka kuro kava!

  51. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Katalina maybe Fiji day celebrations in the US should be different this year instead of all the same old silly stuff they always do.

    Forget the protest in Suva & just all go to Washington DC for “THE” peaceful protest March in Front the UN Headquarters.

    Just an idea!

    More constructive than silly volleyball competitions and walking around wrapped in the Fiji flag.

  52. LUVfiji Says:

    Thats a good idea aubatinuku-N. Rather than feasting their faces too. But theyd have to march in New York to protest to the UN. Kua na qai i DC… eratou na kanaka mai kea me ratou raica mada e liu eso na passport! Kailaaaa !!

  53. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Wailei gonei, na passport……kajina kajina!
    Now that would be sad!
    As I understand you have to show your passport to security check at any airport in the US for air travel nowadays, drivers license don’t cut it anymore.
    Then folks would surely be putting their money where their mouth is so to speak regarding the issue of publicising worldwide the negative human rights abuse of naita Voreqe Bainimarama’s illegal regime.

  54. IslandBoy Says:

    @LUVfiji & aubatinuku-N. If they can all get to San Diego for the sevens from the top of the east coast, they can get anywhere.

    Eso vi ira era sisi tu sara vesu na DUI and all sorts of charges, actually served time, segai ga ni ra deport. Na kai Viti qori, lailai na lawaki ni Osama, ira sa tiko sara na vakatagedegede ni Obama.

    Dua na tavalequ mai Nakelo, stopped for speeding in Modesto, dua vi rau na vivesu e marama (Hispanic).

    Na yakavi siga e vesu kina, kanaka vua o Bu, you’re such a nice guy, I’ll just warn you this time, ni sa vavaku yani na jamu ni personality plus.

    To cut a long story short, rau sa vale vata tiko edai, lai tuki sara tiko vi Bu, laurai vakamalua, na vasivote se warai ni sitaba.

  55. IslandBoy Says:

    @aubatinuku-N I didn’t know this, how do they separate the foreigners from citizens at check in. What if an American has never travelled overseas and is just flying domestic say from Vegas to Seattle. Wouldn’t state ID or DL be sufficient?

  56. aubatinuku-N Says:

    @ IB – No, certainly not anymore! This is the beginnings of what they call the Real ID Act, even when flying domestic, you have to show your valid passport. If there are any airports in the Union that are not doing this yet then it’s just a matter of time before they do. Every airport is different IB, I know for a fact that they want to sight passports, down to the youngest traveller.
    It is so controversial and highly debated!

  57. Adi Kaila Says:

    IB – dou kana vinaka la na dalo – sa tovolea sara qori na marama mai Latin America – Ai Valu!

    Nothing like personality+ to appease oneself se vacava.

    God you made me laugh about the Obama quip – but you’re so right! Oi lei na dredre – I’m really enjoying reading the repartee this afternoon – ae sa voleka mai na bogi.

  58. IslandBoy Says:

    @aubatinuku – will be with Ro C in LAX when you in DC.

    @Adi K – the flowers for Adi T and Mr. Brown ratou cakava na Marama Mai na Vuvale Vakaturaga mai Muaidule with Bulou Salata and Di Vula.

    Its good to laugh once in a while to de-stress. Sometimes it’s inevitable as these goons would be hilarious if it was another country.

    You both have a blesed Mother’s day weekend.

    Adi K, BTW I got stone boat and canvas but not swarms. I conchee re?

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