17 Sep 2007

Fiji's President considers names for tribunal to hear charges against chief justice

11:04 am on 17 September 2007

Fiji's interim attorney general says he has given President Iloilo a list of names of people of international repute to sit on a tribunal to hear charges against the suspended chief justice, Daniel Fatiaki.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the people are well-known and have held high judicial office, and President will release their names should be endorse them.

He says the charges against Mr Fatiaki have been drawn up and a counsel has been identified to assist the tribunal.

The interim attorney general submitted the new names at the weekend after the president had rejected an earlier list of names given in July.

Mr Fatiaki was suspended from office by the interim administration in January over allegations that he drafted decrees and provided legal advice to the treasonous Speight regime during the May 2000 coup.