12 Dec 2016

Canada wants Fiji to explain deportation

12:56 pm on 12 December 2016

Canada has joined the United States in trying to get details from the government of Fiji about the acting prime minister's decision to deport a woman for allegedly swearing at the president.

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Canada said consular officials at the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand were in contact with local authorities in Fiji to obtain more information.

Ms Seaton denies she swore at the president.

She was not given a deadline to leave Fiji but seized at a Suva hotel and flown out without being able to get consular or legal assistance

Speaking at the Fiji Business Awards 2016, the acting prime minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum reiterated that Ms Seaton was deported for outrageous behaviour in swearing at the president.

The US Embassy is also investigating.

Ms Seaton is among a number of foreign landowners objecting to changes to the Land Sales Act.

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