The appeal by members of Fiji’s ousted Government against the High Court ruling that validated the 2006 military takeover will be heard in March next year.
While deliberating on the matter today, Fiji Court of Appeal Judge Justice Ian Lloyd also called on lawyers in the case to argue substantive matters on Thursday.
Former Attorney General Qoriniasi Bale and Suva lawyer Tevita Fa will represent deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and others while the State will be represented by the Attorney General’s Office.
The High Court last month found that President Ratu Josefa Iloilo’s actions in appointing an interim Government to replace Qarase’s Government were lawful and valid.
“No one has suggested His Excellence failed to act honestly, impartially, neutrally and what he gauged was in the best interest of the nation; that is, of all of the inhabitants of Fiji, it is not for this court to inquire into the details of his act at that moment on whether one action would have been better done in another way but it is certainly open to conclude his intention were to unify the people of Fiji,” Justice Gates said while delivering the judgment.
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