18 Feb 2008

Fiji's interim government bans members of International Bar Association

6:45 am on 18 February 2008

Fiji's interim Government has banned members of the International Bar Association from entering the country.

A member of the IBA, Felicia Johnston, was detained briefly at Nadi Airport on Saturday before taking a flight to Australia.

Ms Johnston is one of the five-member panel of jurists scheduled to visit Fiji to examine the state of the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

But the interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said the IBA was not welcome at this time.

He told Fiji Live they planned to meet only a limited number of people and their choice exposed bias.

The IBA delegation has now cancelled its visit