13 Mar 2018

Fiji PM and AG launch suits claiming defamation

8:26 am on 13 March 2018
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Fiji's prime minister and attorney general have filed lawsuits in the High Court, accusing a politician and a prominent lawyer of defamation.

The Fiji Sun reported that Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had filed lawsuits against Sodelpa MP Ratu Isoa Tikoca and lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh, who had just become one of the leaders of the Labour Party.

In the first case, the lawsuit accused Mr Ravindra-Singh of posting an unsubstantiated article on his Facebook page with the title "Regime Dirty Politics," that accused the ministers of orchestrating a temple break-in.

In the second, Ratu Isoa, is being sued for comments he made in an interview with a Sydney community radio station, in which he accused Mr Sayed-Khaiyum of abusing his powers and engaging in criminal activities.

The Fiji Sun said more lawsuits are likely to be filed in the coming days.

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