22 Apr 2009

Key Fiji judicial appointment not expected before next week

1:23 pm on 22 April 2009

The Fiji military commander, Frank Bainimarama, has confirmed the delay in rebuilding the judiciary after the sacking of all judges by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo nearly two weeks ago.

Eight magistrates have been reappointed this week, but the appointment of judges to the High Court, Appeal Court and Supreme Court is yet to take place.

Last week, the expected reconstitution of the judiciary failed to take place and the interim attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, then said this would go ahead this week.

Commodore Bainiamarama, who is also the interim prime minister, has told Radio Tarana in Auckland that this will now happen next week.

"We expect judges to be sworn in to the bench next week."

It is not known who is vying to be appointed as there are claims that those who choose to take up such a position could be deemed to be supporting a treasonous and illegal regime.