Labour condemns compromise of rule of law

  • 12th December 2003
  • 2003
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Fiji Labour Party condemns the deferment of coup related cases against prominent personalities until February next year.

Deputy Speaker Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli, Sports Minister Isireli Leweniqila, Viliame Savu, Peceli Rinakama and Viliame Volavola appeared in Court on Thursday but the case had to be deferred because of the absences of lawyers from the prosecution’s office.

The DPP’s staff were attending a conference at the Coral Coast.

The Labour Party deplored the absence of prosecution lawyers slamming it as dereliction of duty. The Party is of the view that the DPP’s office is not serious about pursuing the case because of the prominent personalities involved.

“The deferment of cases against those in influential positions is indeed deplorable and cannot be tolerated”, said assistant secretary general Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi.

Those charged for treason should be treated more seriously by the justice system. The mere reason that the lawyers from DPPs office were attending a conference is no excuse for deferring a case that is related to crime against the state.

Rule of law has simply been compromised for the benefit of the few influential people holding powerful positions, which is yet another glowing example of making a mockery of the judicial system in Fiji.

The DPP should take its role more seriously and ensure that lawyers are available to attend such serious cases in future.

FLP demands that all those charged with events of May 2000 be dealt with without any further delay, said Vayeshnoi.