27 Jun 2007

Fiji authorities deport Australian lawyer

8:35 am on 27 June 2007

Immigration authorities in Fiji have detained and deported Australian lawyer Dr John Cameron following complaints by two local lawyers.

This is been revealed by the director of the Immigration Department, Commander Viliame Naupoto.

Commander Naupoto says following the complaint, officials investigated Dr Cameron's travel history and found that he had breached the terms of his entry permit by engaging in fully fledged employment in the country.

Immigration officials then stopped Dr Cameron from entering the country by declaring him a prohibited immigrant.

Commander Naupoto says Dr Cameron had a 14-day business visa issued under the Immigration Act which allows exploratory work but not full time employment the way Dr Cameron was abusing it.

Commander Naupoto says if Dr Cameron wants to work in Fiji, he has to apply for and obtain a proper work permit, instead of abusing the 14-day business visa.

He has rejected any suggestion of political interference in the decision.