1 Mar 2003

Fiji NGO seeks to take case against president to the Supreme Court

10:12 am on 1 March 2003

Fiji's Citizen's Constitutional Forum wants to take its case challenging the post-coup actions of the president to the Supreme Court.

Last month the Appeal Court found in favour of the CCF on issues involving the president's dismissal of Mahendra Chaudhry as prime minister after the coup and again after the 1997 Constitution was restored.

But it dismissed the case saying elections had been held, a government was in place and it was too late to turn back the clock.

CCF executive director, the Rev Aquila Yabaki, says while they are satisfied with the Appeal Court decision, its findings should be strengthened with formal declarations of law for the future guidance of the president.

The CCF will seek leave from the Appeal Court to take its case to the Supreme Court.