21 Aug 2007

Fiji's suspended Chief Justice files court action

7:06 am on 21 August 2007

Fiji's suspended chief justice, Daniel Fatiaki, has taken legal action against President Iloilo, the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, and 11 other individuals.

Fiji TV reports Mr Fatiaki is challenging his suspension by the interim government and the subsequent appointments made by the Judicial Services Commission chaired by Justice Anthony Gates.

The other main defendants in the case are the interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the acting chief justice Anthony Gates and High Court judges Nazhat Shameem, John Byrne, and Isikeli Mataitoga.

Among the defendants are magistrates Ana Rokomokoti, Alofa Seruvatu and John Rabuku, the Public Service Commission chairman, Rishi Ram, and the solicitor general, Christopher Pryde.

Lawyer Jon Apted says Mr Fatiaki is challenging his suspension by President Iloilo, the composition of the Judicial Services Commission and all appointments made by the commission in the absence of Mr Fatiaki because it is not legally constituted.

They are also challenging the appointment of Justice Anthony Gates as the acting chief justice.

Mr Aped says they are now waiting for a court date when the case will be first called.