3 Sep 2007

No surprise in Fiji move against Qarase says academic

1:58 pm on 3 September 2007

One of the architects of Fiji's constitution says the country's interim attorney general's latest claim that the ousted prime minister breached the constitution comes as no surprise.

The interim attorney general has filed papers in the high court in Suva alleging breaches by the deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.

This comes as Mr Qarase is challenging the legality of the military coup.

Dr Brij Lal from the Australian National University says the latest action is to counter Mr Qarase's challenge.

"What we are seeing are charges and counter charges. And some of these are really quite wild. So you will have all those kind of allegations, all those positions being adopted. All of them are part of this larger theatre that is before us."

Dr Brij Lal says it is now for the high court to make a ruling and he adds it will also test the independence of the judiciary.