16 Jul 2007

Fiji interim attorney general to boycott Fiji Law Society annual convention

10:11 am on 16 July 2007

Fiji's interim attorney general says he will not attend the Fiji Law Society's annual convention this week because most of invited speakers are those who have been prominent in speaking against the interim administration.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the Law Society council is not interested in presenting both sides of the story.

He has told the Fiji Sun newspaper that what comes out of the convention will be somewhat like a kangaroo court

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has also expressed concern that the Australian government is promoting the convention through AUSAID by subsidising the registration fees of young lawyers to encourage them to attend.

He says this is unfortunate when the convention has such a skewed perspective displayed through its list of speakers who have already spoken against the interim administration when the matter is still before the courts.