16 Apr 2005

Australia lays formal protest to Fiji over gay sex case

7:39 am on 16 April 2005

Australia has laid a formal protest with the Fiji government over the convictions of one of its citizens on gay sex charges.

A spokesman for the department of foreign affairs in Canberra told the news agency, Australian Associated Press, that the country's High Commission in Fiji has formally expressed concern that it wasn't told about the arrest of Thomas McCosker.

The spokesman said because the diplomatic mission hadn't been advised, they couldn't supply consular assistance.

A court in Nadi last week convicted and jailed McCosker and the Fiji national Dhirendra Nadan for having sex, a judgment which has attracted international condemnation.

The pair, who didn't have lawyers at their trial, were freed on bail but aren't allowed to leave Fiji.