11 Jul 2007

Fiji Law Society vice president to face contempt charge

9:51 am on 11 July 2007

The vice president of the Fiji Law Society, Tupou Draunidalo, could be facing a jail sentence following contempt charges filed against her by the interim attorney general.

Fiji TV reports that Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum's contempt charge relates to a statement made by Ms Draunidalo on ABC television in May and rebroadcast in Fiji.

In that she said that "the confidence of lawyers in the judicial system, let alone the pubic, is shattered."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the statement is a scurrilous attack on the judiciary which lowers the authority of the courts and he wants Ms Draunidalo committed to prison.

Ms Draunidalo says she has left the matter to the courts and her lawyer, Richard Naidu.

Justice Roger Coventry will hear the case on August the 16th.