6 Jun 2007

Commissioner of Fiji anti-corruption commission reported to have resigned

9:21 am on 6 June 2007

The president of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA), Mah Weng Kwai, is reported to have told an executive meeting of the organisation what he would be resigning as commissioner of the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

The Fiji Times reports that a member of LAWASIA confirmed last night that Mr Kwai informed the executive council of his decision during a meeting in Hong Kong.

Earlier, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association had told Mr Kawai in a letter that they would challenge his acceptance of the Fiji position because it would lend credibility to the interim administration.

Mr Kwai's decision to step down comes less than two weeks after his appointment was announced by the interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says he understands a member of the Fiji Court of Appeal had expressed concern at Mr Kwai's appointment, which he described as highly improper, when members of the judiciary would be hearing cases brought by the Corruption Commission

The former president of the Fiji Law Society, Graham Leung, and the current vice president, Tupou Draunidalo, are expected to speak at the LAWASIA convention on the threat to the rule of law in Fiji.