12 Jul 2007

Fiji Law Society's Draunidalo says she won't be silenced

7:13 pm on 12 July 2007

The vice president of the Fiji Law Society says she will not bullied into silence after the interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, filed contempt charges against her.

Tupou Draunidalo told ABC TV in May that the confidence of lawyers in the Fiji judicial system had been shattered following the coup.

Four lawyers subsequently complained about her comments prompting Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to file charges.

He is also seeking a court order to have Ms Draunidalo jailed with the trial due to take place in mid August.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the integrity of Fiji's judiciary is paramount and attacks on it cannot be taken lightly.

But Ms Draunidalo says she will continue to speak out about the state of Fiji's judicial system.

"From history tyrants have always used this proceeding as a way to stifle opposition. It's just their attempt to shut me up because I've been vocal since December 5th. You might call me a fool but I really don't care if I'm harmed physically or otherwise. It doesn't matter. My life is cheap, I'm just one individual, there are many others and the idea lives on."

Tupou Draunidalo