7 Jan 2012

No change seen in Fiji despite new law

2:24 pm on 7 January 2012

A New Zealand group seeking democracy in Fiji says a new Public Order Act which replaces emergency regulations there is further proof nothing has changed.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has warned his government will not tolerate an iota of disruption to the peace, safety and stability of the country.

Commodore Bainimarama says the Public Order Act has been revised and now limits the period to 14 days before a suspect under arrest has to be brought before the court.

He says that contrasts with provisions in the United States where people can be held for undefined periods on suspicion of terrorism.

But the Coalition for Democracy in Fiji says the introduction of the new Act is more evidence that while the ballgame and venue might change in Fiji, the players remain the same.