10 May 2005

Proposed Reconciliation and Unity Commission in Fiji could have powers to hold proceedings in secret

6:35 pm on 10 May 2005

The Fiji government's proposed Reconciliation and Unity Commission will have the powers to hold its proceedings in secret.

Radio Legend reports that this has been confirmed by the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale.

Mr Bale says the chairman of the commission will have the powers to decide whether some of its hearings and proceedings should be conducted in private behind closed doors.

This will mean that members of the public and the media will be excluded.

Meanwhile, Mr Bale would not confirm or deny speculation that the former chief justice, Sir Timoci Tuivaga, will chair the commission.

Mr Bale says the appointment will be made after the relevant bill is tabled in parliament later this month and passed.