17 Jul 2007

Fiji's interim attorney general accuses Law Society of being selective

8:12 am on 17 July 2007

Fiji's interim attorney general has accused the Fiji Law Society of being selective about people's rights.

Radio Legend reports that Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the comment after the former president of the Fiji Law Society, Graham Leung, was barred from leaving Fiji again yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says although the directive to impose a travel ban on Mr Leung came from the home affairs ministry, the Law Society should consider the plight of many innocent people who are banned from traveling to New Zealand and Australia.

He says there are children who are banned from entering New Zealand only because they are related to a member of the military or someone in the interim government.

As well, he says aircrew working for the national airline, Air Pacific, are stopped from flying to New Zealand and Australia, simply because they are related to somebody.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has also highlighted the plight of people requiring medical attention in New Zealand and Australia who are deprived of treatment through no fault of their own.

The director of immigration, Commander Viliame Naupoto, says Mr Leung knew very well that he was on the travel watchlist and it was pointless of him to go to the airport yesterday.