12 Jul 2012

Fiji AG says foreign Law Society lacks credibility

1:00 pm on 12 July 2012

Fiji's attorney general says there is no point dealing with international organisations like the Law Society of England and Wales, because they have no credibility.

Last week, the Society said it believed the Fiji regime was hesitant about any investigation into the country's rule of law, because it had not responded to an offer to visit.

In a statement, the director of public prosecutions says an invitation was not extended to the society, but to the head of the law society charity, who had written a critical report about the judiciary.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the law society is obviously just listening to people who have an axe to grind against Fiji's military government.

"And they're sitting thousands of miles away, making all sorts of claims. I welcome them to perhaps go an investigate other countries where there's massive disruption, interference, a lack of independence of the judiciary, countries closer to their home, which however are economically very powerful, and they dare not do that. So frankly, there's no point talking to such people and such organisation."

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it is impossible to welcome someone who has already pre-judged the report.