23 Jan 2008

Court in Fiji asked to determine whether ousted GCC members were properly appointed

12:10 pm on 23 January 2008

The High Court in Suva Fiji has been asked to determine whether the ousted members of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs were properly appointed.

And if the court declares that they were not, then their application for a constitutional redress should be thrown out.

Fiji live online reports this was part of a submission made by state lawyer Adish Narayan in a constitutional redress application made by ousted members of the GCC against their suspension.

The case was brought about by the ousted GCC chair Ratu Ovini Bokini and his deputy Ratu Sakiusa Makutu.

Last year, the interim minister for Fijian affairs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, commissioned a review of the Great Council of Chiefs after the body was suspended in April.

Traditional chiefs who wanted be members of the GCC had to have to apply for a position.

Mr Narayan says if the appointment is wrong, everything goes.

The case continues before Justice Davendra Pathik.