Whilst Justice Gates reads out his marathon judgment, the military goonies, in full attire, bands, drums, pipes, flags and cannon line up outside the Government Buildings, on Albert Park.

Disruptive blasts boomed from their cannons at one end of Albert park, vibrating throughout the vicinity, followed by gunshots into the air…. all could be felt in the Supreme Courtroom where Judge Gates bravely rambles on as we report this.

Stay tuned.



  1. Jon Jon Says:

    Now since the pig has his visa rejected to the U.S today he is louder then ever.. Look aat wot he said lately:

    What I say goes: Bainipig:

    Fiji’s military commander and interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says political parties who are unhappy with his regime should stop complaining to the President and just listen to him.

    “They should listen to what I say and what I say must go,” he said.

    Bainimarama has lashed out at them for trying to promote instability and racial tension in the country.

    “They are just wasting their time because the President has given us the mandate to take us back to elections.”

    He told Fijilive the military would not tolerate any racist policies promoted by anyone.

    The PM warned of certain politicians and church ministers, referring to the man he ousted from office Laisenia Qarase, National Federation Party general secretary Pramod Rae, former PM Sitiveni Rabuka, Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu of the Methodist Church and ousted Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes.

    Bainimarama said they were “people who have done nothing to take the country forward”.

    He said these are the very people who have been instigating racial tension and provoking the people to go against the interim Government and the People’s Charter.

    Bainimarama reiterated that elections would not be held next year.

  2. Tui Says:

    Folks its 15 past 12. Gates is summing up, it looks like LQ has lost this one. He has not delivered the verdict yet but it’s a foregone conclusion. Justice has not been served.

  3. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Oh shit!

  4. Save the Sheep Says:

    It appears that way Tui

    Gates is going to extraordinary lengths to justify the Doctrine of Necessity

  5. Tosotiko Says:

    Agree with Katalaini Balawanilotu. One big SHIT.

  6. Mrs Prince Says:

    The should just turn their cannons at the Supreme Court and blow poofter Gates right out of his seat!!!!

  7. Orisi Qaranivalu Says:

    Vinaka vinaka Tui. Why do I have this sneaky suspicion airline carriers will suddenly find an influx of bookings from those who stand ready to join.

  8. Budhau Says:

    Tui’s family was going to close down the Kings hwy – was that that one dude who parked his car and waled out into the street.

    At least there is one guy in Fiji that had the balls – and that ain’t you Tui.

    Hey – what does you being related to some Tui guy gotta do with anything.

    BTW – don’t try something stupid.

  9. Lawcast Says:

    iji’s High Court judgment on coups

    October 11, 2008

    By Michael Field

    Fiji is now the complete banana republic.

    These are the people who made it; Voreqe Bainimarama, Anthony Gates, John Byrne, Davendra Pathik, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the assorted peon who submitted extravagant invoices in a mosquito like fashion as they feed on the body corpus that is Fiji today.

    Many will, of course, see in the Fiji High Court, in the case of Qarase and Others v Bainimarama and Others, file HBC60.07S, all the evidence of corruption they need. I have no idea whether the assorted shallow characters are corrupt. What I do see, though, is complete intellectual poverty, self-interest and a kind of idiocy that only Suva can provide.

    Gates – for it was he who wrote the judgment as the others were too limp to say otherwise – began his judgment thus: “This case is about the lawfulness or otherwise of certain acts carried out by the President following military intervention in the government of the State.”

    No, it was not. It was about the morality of armed men on the streets intimidating citizens and democrats. Gates, by defining the argument in the way he has, has ensured that forever his name will be associated with self-serving intellectual poverty.

    His judgment will only be cited in the same way as rulings of the Zimbabwe High Court are cited; as examples, not of corruption, but of the way that otherwise good men fall silent, out of self interest, when faced with evil.

    This was not a miscarriage of justice at all; it was not justice at all. It never left the platform in the first place. Sadly, every individual whose name is on the paperwork is compromised by there failing to honour greater truths.

    They all played a game.

    So, let us wend our way through this document, doomed to obscurity; un-cited, unnoticed, a national embarrassment for Fiji. No one, least of all the characters who have stained their name on it, will be mentioning it on their CVs.

    The essence of Qarase and Others v Bainimarama and Others is the need to ignore reality and create an entirely false argument. That tort is the existence, or otherwise, of the notion of “reserve powers”, that the president has some kind of power, greater than that expressed in the constitution, to control Fiji.

    We are all tediously familiar with the belief, so often expressed, that Fiji is special, different, that no other place quite exists in the same way. Of course, this is fantasy. Gates, ill-read and plainly not much of a man of the world, fails in the entire judgment to note that all this has been argued before. Not in obscure citations he uses Wikipedia to adduce, but in real life. In Australia in 1975 when the often pickled Governor-General John Kerr dismissed Labor Prime Minster Gough Whitlam.

    Except in this case no one suggests that Fiji President Josefa Iloilo is a drunk. Far from it; he is worse. He is mentally incompetent and has been for years. It is not that he is stupid; in his day, he was a rather average schoolteacher. However, for at least a decade simple clinical conditions have rendered his brain inoperable. He should be in a home for the distressed elderly. Instead, Bainimarama has turned him into a ventriloquist’s prop.

    Gates, writing of reserve powers, is ignoring this reality. Iloilo no more “exercised” his reserve powers than he flew to the Moon. A coward who ran away from gunfire in 2000, and now, in his flailing years wants to prove his manhood usurped his reserve powers.

    For a moment, let us touch on the character of Anthony Gates, who fills the shoes and claims the salary of his superior who was frogmarched from office by the military guns. Gates, no doubt, is comforted in his moral insecurity by his salary.

    As I said before, let us note that there is no evidence that Gates is corrupt.

    But Fiji’s Court of Appeal did find that he was incompetent and biased in the cast of Ratu Inoke Takiveikata. Gates put him in jail for life after convicting him for mutiny.

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