15 May 2008

Fiji regime to report back on Friday in Hannah deportation court challenge

7:08 pm on 15 May 2008

The Fiji high court has given the interim attorney general another 24 hours to prepare a reply in the case brought over the deportation of the Fiji Times publisher, Evan Hannah.

Mr Hannah was flown out to Australia despite court action to have him stay in Fiji.

The interim regime claimed that Mr Hannah was a threat to national security and has urged the court to strike out the challenge to his deportation.

Our correspondent, Matelita Ragogo, says Mr Hannah's lawyer, Jon Apted, is still expecting an explanation how the expulsion process unfolded.

"When they resumed, the attorney general's office asked for more time to prepare a response to Jon Apted's argument that the inaction of the immigration officials could be deemed or could constitute contempt of court. The court has allowed that request for more time and they come back tomorrow at 2.30."

Matelita Ragogo