8 Dec 2008

International pressure credited for charges against Fiji's former top judge being dropped.

8:17 pm on 8 December 2008

The President of the Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Naidu, says the dropping of charges against former Chief Justice, Daniel Fatiaki, is the result of pressure from the international legal fraternity.

Interim attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, last week, announced that all charges against Justice Fatiaki had been dropped in return for his resignation.

The military-led interim government suspended Justice Fatiaki shortly after seizing power two years ago.

Mr Naidu says an international outcry from judicial bodies has forced the regime to abandon plans to try Justice Fatiaki before a specially convened three member tribunal.

And he says it's vital that the pressure is maintained if the rule of law is to be re-established in Fiji.

"We are very mindful that we are getting a lot of help from our brother or sister societies in Australia and new Zealand and I think the international bar and the international lawyers must keep up their pressure on this interim regime because all we want is the belief in the rule of law, belief in the constitution and good governance."

Dorsami Naidu