20 Oct 2009

Claims New Zealand denied entry to Fiji judge

8:37 am on 20 October 2009

Fiji's interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, says a judge who's been denied an entry visa for New Zealand was told why during an interview at the New Zealand High Commission in Suva.

But the New Zealand Immigration Service says no decision on the case has been made.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum claims judge Anjala Wati had been seeking to bring her 20-month-old child to New Zealand for an urgent eye operation.

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

But he says Ms Wati was informed in a letter that her visa application had been rejected, and then requested an interview to find out why.

"She's in fact been to the New Zealand High Commission here in Suva, and even had an interview. She was informed at the interview that the visa was being rejected because she was a high court judge."

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

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.