14 Jul 2007

Former Fiji Law Society President challenges travel ban

7:33 am on 14 July 2007

The former president of the Fiji Law Society, Graham Leung, is to mount a court challenge to the travel ban placed on him by the interim administration.

The Fiji Times quotes Mr Leung as saying that placing people's names on the immigration watchlist denies them their basic human right to travel and is a crude instrument of intimidation.

He says he has exhausted all avenues available to him to address the matter outside the courts and it is now time to mount a legal challenge.

The military spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, says Mr Leung's name is on the watchlist because he has made statements overseas which are not true and misrepresent the interim administration.

Mr Leung had been invited to speak at a seminar on Fiji's electoral system in Wellington next week where the key speaker will be a new member of Fiji's Electoral Commission, Father David Arms.