18 Jul 2007

LAWASIA objects to Fiji's travel ban on Graham Leung

8:27 am on 18 July 2007

The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific has written to Fiji's interim prime minister objecting strongly to the travel ban placed on Suva lawyer, Graham Leung.

The Fiji Times reports that the president of LAWASIA, Mah Weng Kwai, has described the travel ban as a serious breach of Mr Leung's human and constitutional rights.

He has called on Commodore Frank Bainimarama to revoke the travel ban immediately.

In May Mr Kwai was appointed commissioner for the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption or FICAC but he stepped down after strong objections from regional and Commonwealth lawyers.

In his letter to Commodore Bainimarama, Mr Kwai says the Fiji constitution gives the country's citizens the right to move freely, including the right to leave the country.

Commodore Bainimarama said yesterday the travel ban on Mr Leung would stay for sometime because he has been going overseas and lying about what is happening in Fiji.

Meanwhile, it's been confirmed that Mr Leung's legal challenge to the travel ban was filed last week