27 Apr 2009

Fiji Solicitor General defends his reappointment

6:31 am on 27 April 2009

The New Zealand lawyer who decided to again become Fiji's Solicitor General has been defending his decision.

Christopher Pryde says he wants to continue helping Fiji

The Law Society in New Zealand advised against a New Zealand lawyer taking up the position after the President abrogated the constitution.

But Mr Pryde said he felt it was the right thing to do despite warnings from the legal profession internationally.

"Governments come and go, there is a government in power at the moment, and I decided I was going to stay and help the country in this difficult time, the restoration of the rule of law is a very important goal and I think leaving at this point wouldn't have assisted in that goal."

Mr Pryde says all his court work as Solicitor General has been suspended for at least a month and some of the cases he was handling before will now not go ahead.

Any challenges to the regime are now not allowed under Presidential decree.