13 Aug 2004

Fiji society watchdog says chiefs should get independent advice on Seniloli

7:15 am on 13 August 2004

The Citizens Constitutional Forum has called on Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs to get independent legal advice on the issue of Ratu Jope Seniloli staying on as vice president despite being in prison.

The CCF's executive director, the Reverend Aquila Yabaki, says this is because the advice given to the chiefs by the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, could be politically motivated.

The Reverend Yabaki says some time ago the former chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, had asked Seniloli "to step aside until after the investigation and the court case."

But the Rev Yabaki says "that did not happen because of the advice given by the attorney general."

He says "it's time the Great Councils of Chiefs looks for advice that is not so much politically motivated."