8 Dec 2008

Fiji's ousted PM says Fatiaki case will trigger more compo claims

2:17 pm on 8 December 2008

Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, is predicting an avalanche of compensation claims following the interim government's payout of 148,000 US dollars to former Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki.

Mr Fatiaki resigned last week, almost two years after the military-led interim government suspended him.

Interim attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, last week, announced that all charges against Mr Fatiaki had been dropped in return for his resignation.

Mr Qarase says the interim government must explain why it dropped the charges.

He says the golden handshake being paid to Mr Fatiaki will set a precedent that will see many others unfairly dismissed by the government seeking similar payouts.

"Most of the CEOs who were pushed out either from government or statutory bodies are already working on their cases with lawyers in Suva, and it's only a matter of time when those cases come up in court. And as for parliamentarians and ministers in my government, we have been working on compensation as well."

Laisenia Qarase