Reports of the recent dismissal of five Fijian magistrates without notice has the New Zealand Law Society gravely concerned that the country’s military rulers are undermining the independence of the judiciary.

Law Society president Jonathan Temm said it had been advised of the dismissals which included one magistrate who questioned the propriety of a prosecution by the Fijian government agency Independent Commission against Corruption.

Mr Temm says the prosecution was against a human rights lawyer and her husband and involved charges alleging breaches of the law related to Suva City Council misdemeanours, along with a charge of fraud.

“It appears that a government agency – which was purportedly established to fight corruption – is being used in a manner inconsistent with its statutory purpose. The effective dismissal of judicial officers attacks the independence of the judiciary,” he said.

“Of most concern is those judicial officers apparently dismissed for rejecting prosecution cases brought by the military government or its agencies.”

Mr Temm said a Law and Justice report issued by the Citizens Constitutional Forum organisation found that 40 judicial officers were dismissed in the year to April 2010, in addition to the five recently dismissed magistrates.

“The Fiji Law Society has bravely condemned the dismissal of Fijian magistrates and public prosecutors and says that Fiji’s judiciary is effectively no longer independent,” he said.

The rule of law is under attack in Fiji and this should be a significant concern to the people and government of New Zealand, Mr Temm said.

Last week Fiji expelled Australian envoy Sarah Roberts for what it said was meddling in the country’s internal affairs after Australia had lobbied for a Melanesian summit in Fiji to be postponed.

The summit was cancelled by organisers who cited concerns about democracy and “good governance” since the 2006 military coup.

Roberts is the second senior Australian diplomat to be expelled from Fiji in less than a year after the high commissioner and his New Zealand counterpart were removed last November over alleged interference in Fiji’s judiciary.


  1. ex Fiji tourist Says:

    Great article @

  2. Rob Says:

    The rule of law is under attack in Fiji? Mr Temm needs to wake up: There is no rule of law in Fiji. The law is whatever Frank and his stooge Aiarse say the law is.

  3. rokobatidua Says:

    Fijian Liberation Organization (FLO) has begun the process to liberate our Nation and removed Bainimarama and his Illegal regime from destroying our beautiful nation. The people we help to escape from Bainimarama death Jail, will be the first group of people, that we intent to use to challenged these blockheads.Fijians throughout Fiji are hereby asked to help us in our determination to rid our country of this Military dictator.

  4. hari Says:

    Roko, unfortunately there are just too many traitors trying to get as much as they can from the dictator. The FLO needs to pick it up to speed and make sure the IG is fully aware of your existence and you need to do something drastic in order to keep the IG Hopping!!!

  5. hari Says:

    I think the IG are trying their own sychological warfare version by putting out a false ad in the local media(under their so called Media Decree)that they have caught these escapees. Apparently,they IG are really worried that someone like the FLO may emerged to challenged their power? Hey, Roko yeah gotta nip someone or blow up somebody’s home or car etc so these a-s-s-h-o-l-e-s can be put on notice that our people are ready to do battle to take back our right to choose our own Government?

  6. peni Says:

    Vinaka hari-katia mada?

  7. ex Fiji tourist Says:

    The FLO could kidnap hairyarse and put him up for ransom.

    It would be interesting to see what bananasinpyjamas would do.

    If bananas won’t pay up, then here is your plan.

    Take hairyarse to a shed near the centre of Suva. Remove his clothes and place his testicles in a vice. Tighten this until pain shows on his face and he is unable to move. Remove the handle of the vice and toss far away.

    Place a rusty blunt knife on the floor just within reach. Undo his hands and set fire to the shed.

    hairyarse now needs to make some real decisions – quickly

    Of course you could also sell tickets for people to watch hairyarse burn {cheers] or see him running out with his balls in his hand.

    Great stuff – better than TV

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