29 Jun 2005

Fiji's attorney general facing possible disciplinary action

10:15 am on 29 June 2005

Fiji's attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, is facing possible disciplinary action for allegedly making derogatory comments about an opposition senator in the Upper House.

Radio Legend reports that parliament's privileges committee has discussed a complaint lodged by Labour senator, Dr Atu Emberson-Bain, against Mr Bale for allegedly making un-parliamentary remarks during a Senate sitting.

Mr Bale is alleged to have made the remarks while replying to questions raised by Dr Emberson-Bain on the release of prisoners under Compulsory Supervision Orders soon after Mr Bale released the jailed former vice president, Seniloli.

The chair of the privileges committee, Senator Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau, is quoted as saying they are deliberating on the matter and will make recommendations to the Senate president, Taito Wagavakatoga.

Adi Koila says Senator Ratu George Cakobau will also be summoned today to explain why he had made derogatory statements about Dr Emberson-Bain while she was speaking in the Upper House.

Ratu George Cakobau had told Dr Emberson-Bain to "shut up and sit down" because he claimed she had no right to speak on issues relating to indigenous Fijians.