|Fiji’s interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the onus is on every law-abiding citizen to abide by rulings made by the courts. He says comments against court decisions border on contempt of court.
Sayed-Khaiyum was reacting to comments made by former Fiji Law Society President Graham Leung against the High Court ruling on the case between deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and the President and interim Government.
He added that if people respected the rule of law then they would surely respect the decision by the court. In a scathing attack Leung, a prominent Suva lawyer, described the High Court decision to dismiss the Qarase case against the President as a cruel blow that led to a climate of fear and retribution.
Leung was speaking at a forum at the Australian National University. This meeting was chaired by the Australian Government’s Pacific Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Duncan Kerr. “I believe that this decision … has inflicted some serious blows, if not grievous to the fabric of the Constitution,” Leung told the Forum.
Leung has always been a vocal critic of the interim Government and was even placed on the banned travel list after the 2006 military coup.