13 Dec 2005

Jailed Fiji coup convict wants to become head of Legal Aid Commission

4:42 pm on 13 December 2005

A serving Fiji prisoner jailed for coup related offences has applied to become the director of the Legal Aid Commission.

The Fiji Times says it understands the former Native Lands Trust Board lawyer, Tevita Bukarau, has applied for the job, which became vacant recently.

In April this year Bukarau and four others were jailed for terms ranging form two and a half years to 15 months after being found guilty of consorting with people carrying firearms and illegal assembly during the coup.

The chairman of the Legal Aid Commission and solicitor general, Nainendra Nand, said he could not comment on those who has applied for the job because it was confidential.

But Mr Nand said they will re-advertise the job sometime this week or next.

The previous director of the Legal Aid Commission, Makareta Waqavonovono, resigned to become a magistrate in the newly established Family Law Court.