6 May 2002

Fiji's Attorney General asked to prosecute former PM for contempt of court

5:23 pm on 6 May 2002

Fiji's opposition leader, Prem Singh, has asked the Attorney General to prosecute the Labour party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, for contempt of court.

It follows public comments by Mr Chaudhry that a recent decision by the chief justice, Sir Timoci Tuivaga, to grant Mr Singh a stay order allowing him to remain the opposition leader was pathetic.

Mr Chaudhry also said that Mr Singh was continuing to remain opposition leader through abuse of the legal process and described him as an impostor who was bringing indignity to parliament.

Mr Singh says Mr Chaudhry's comments were not constructive but abusive.

The Attorney General, Qoriniasi Bale, says he has sought the Solicitor General's advice on the issue.

Mr Chaudhry was previously found guilty of contempt of court in 1997 and fined 300 US dollars