30 Mar 2007

Fiji's interim govt to introduce tough new legislation for new commission

10:11 am on 30 March 2007

Fiji's interim administration will bring in tough new legislation to set up the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption.

Fiji TV reports that the legislation will also cover measures to combat bribery.

The interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum, says the new laws detail the commission's powers of arrest, search and seizure, and confiscation of property obtained by illegal mans.

The Independent Commission against Corruption will have the right to receive complaints, and investigate and prosecute in its own right, irrespective of the powers of the director of public prosecutions and the police.

The new laws will be promulgated in a decree to be issued by the president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

Mr Sayed-Khayum says a lawyer from New Zealand with expertise in evidence is already in Fiji to give directions on the hundreds of complaints about corruption that have been lodged.