9 Aug 2007

Fiji's FICAC accused of acting unprofessionally

3:58 pm on 9 August 2007

The Citizens Constitutional Forum or CCF in Fiji has criticised the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption or FICAC for violating human rights.

The CEO of the CCF the Reverend Akuila Yabaki says that FICAC subjects suspects to a trial by media.

The Reverend Yabaki says FICAC has admitted making mistakes and has suspended some of its investigations which suggests it has acted unprofessionally.

He says it is time that FICAC changed the way it operates.

"By publicising the name of a suspect through the media, FICAC is in fact infringing on the rights of a person to have a fair treatment by law because the media publicity creates a trial by media so to speak. The resulting effect is a defamation of character, an invasion of a person's right to privacy."

The Reverend Akuila Yabaki of the CCF.

Meanwhile, Malaysia is to help provide training for investigators of FICAC with two FICAC officers leaving for Malaysia at the end of the month.