5 Dec 2008

Fiji's Chief Justice resigns, 2 year after being told to go

6:10 pm on 5 December 2008

Daniel Fatiaki has resigned as Fiji's Chief Justice effective today, almost two years after the military told him to vacate his office.

The move was announced by the interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

He says Mr Fatiaki will be paid 148,000 US dollars and remain entitled to the privileges of a retired Chief Justice of Fiji.

Mr Fatiaki challenged his suspension and petition signed by about 100 lawyers called on President Iloilo to reinstate Mr Fatiaki.

But the interim prime minister said Mr Fatiaki would only be reinstated if an independent inquiry team found him not guilty of allegations levelled against him since the May 2000 coup.

Mr Fatiaki is alleged to have helped draft decrees and provide legal advice to those involved in the Speight coup in 2000.