19 Mar 2009

Fiji judges responde to IBA report

3:21 pm on 19 March 2009

Fiji's judiciary is reported to have released an unsigned statement in response to an International Bar Association report highly critical of the state of the judiciary following the 2006 military takeover.

Fiji Live says the statement by the judiciary has questioned the credibility of the IBA, saying the views expressed in the report are a remote view and that the team had not been inside a court room in Fiji.

The Fiji judges' statement asks if the International Bar Association delegation was a group of high level respected jurists or just another junket of what it called, "conflict entrepreneurs" telling the third world to pull up their socks.

The Association report claimed the judiciary was not independent and that the interim government had taken steps to influence, control or intimidate the judiciary.

It 's report was released after an IBA team was barred from visiting Fiji earlier this year.