6 Jul 2012

No response to UK Law Society offer of delegation to Fiji

9:05 am on 6 July 2012

The Law Society of England and Wales says it believes the Fiji regime is hesitant about any investigation into the country's rule of law.

The Chair of the Law Society Charity, Nigel Dodds, visited Fji last year, and reported there was no rule of law, no freedom of expression and that the independence of the judiciary could not be relied upon.

Following that visit, Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, invited Mr Dodds to return to Fiji to get a more balanced picture of the Fiji legal system.

However the Law Society President, John Wotton, says despite responding to that invitation in May, there's been no response.

He says action speaks louder than words, and it seems the Fiji authorities were not serious in their invitation.

He says the regime appears hesitant to accept the offer of an in-depth investigation into transparency and the rule of law in the country.

Mr Wotton says the Society remains willing to participate in a delegation to Fiji to carry out a more in-depth investigation, provided that the invitation is extended to include other prominent international organisations, including the International Bar Association.