19 Oct 2009

Fiji regime condemns New Zealand's rejection of visa for judge

8:13 pm on 19 October 2009

The interim attorney general of Fiji, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, says it's unacceptable for New Zealand to deny entry to a member of his country's judiciary.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says Justice Anjala Wati, a judge on the Family Court has been refused entry for New Zealand after seeking to bring her 20 month old child to this country for an urgent eye operation.

He says an arrangement with Auckland's Starship was already in place.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says Ms Wati was told her visa application was rejected because she had taken up a position as a judge on the High Court of Fiji.

He says this amounts to interference in the Fiji judiciary which not only victimises a judge but also her child, and must be universally condemned.