15 May 2007

Fiji interim administration tells EU why emergency regulations are in place

10:06 am on 15 May 2007

It's been revealed in Fiji that the Public Emergency Regulations are in place because of fears of the kind of arson attacks and mob violence which led to the burning down of Suva in the 1987 and 2000 coups.

Fiji TV reports that this is contained in the interim administration's report presented to the European Union in Brussels in April.

The report says there is a strong possibility of the same things happening again orchestrated by vested interests who were corruptly benefiting under the previous government.

The interim administration says it is aware that there are influences, elements and persons who have plans to destabilize the country for their own agendas given any opportunity.

The report also says the chief justice, Daniel Fatiaki, was suspended because he was alleged to be removing files and other records from his chambers and the court registry.

It expresses fears that these records may have been already lost.

On human rights and freedoms, the report to the EU says there may have been some lapses in the period after December 5th, but fundamental freedoms provided for in the constitution are intact.

The 27-page report was part of Fiji's obligation to the European Union under the Cotonou agreement which the EU has with the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries.