8 Nov 2007

Beddoes say Fiji military need to demonstrate respect for the law

7:28 pm on 8 November 2007

Fiji's former opposition leader says recent developments in the country are damaging the credibility of those in authority.

Mick Beddoes has told the Fiji Times that despite obtaining their authority through a treasonable act committed against the State, the interim administration still wishes to impose the charge of treason on others.

He says people are being told that the justice system is still functioning, but eleven months on, the suspended Chief Justice still does not know what he is being charged with.

Mr Beddoes says the result is a loss of confidence by the people in institutions who have the responsibility of ensuring that everyone is treated equally under the law.

He says the military regime must realise that if they want all citizens to be law abiding and to respect the rule of law, they need to demonstrate their ability to first do so themselves.