31 May 2007

Fiji court says regime's NZ lawyer has no standing

6:59 pm on 31 May 2007

A Fiji magistrate has found that a New Zealand lawyer acting as a state prosecutor in Suva has no legal standing in Fiji and is a stranger to Fiji courts.

Grant Tyrell was acting for the Fiji Islands Commission Against Corruption, but magistrate Aruna Prasad has ruled his position has not been gazetted.

The challenge was made by the former President of the Fiji Law Society, Graham Leung, who was defending a businessman accused of corruption.

Mr Leung also pointed out that Mr Tyrell had not been admitted to the Fiji bar.

The magistrate also decided that questions on the legality of the anti-corruption commission are to go before the High Court.