21 Jul 2007

Former Fiji Vice-President calls for inquiry into judiciary

7:40 am on 21 July 2007

The former Fiji vice president and former High Court judge, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, has called for a presidential commission of inquiry into the state of the country's judiciary.

He says the commission should also inquire if any judges played a role in the coups of 2000 and 2006.

Fiji TV reports that Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi made the call at the Fiji Law Society's annual convention yesterday.

He said divisions in the judiciary go back to May 2000 and the suspension of the chief justice, Daniel Fatiaki, re-opened the wounds.

Ratu Joni said the commission of inquiry should make broad recommendations for the future, including changes to personnel if necessary.

He has also called for an amnesty for military officers and civil servants who may have taken part in potentially treasonous conduct.