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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 13, 2000 – Pacific Media Watch/Fiji times/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---The High Court of Fiji has granted the Fiji Times leave to apply for a judicial review of an earlier Government decision that editor-in-chief Russell Hunter leave the country by January 31.

The High Court decision will also allow [Scottish-born] Mr. Hunter to remain in the country until the full hearing of the review.

Last month, Home Affairs Minister Joji Uluinakauvadra rejected an appeal by the company against an Immigration Department decision not to renew Mr. Hunter's work permit.

But, despite Government opposition, Justice Daniel Fatiaki yesterday allowed the application for leave to challenge Mr. Uluinakauvadra's decision.

The minister had cited the fact that Government believed the position could now be localized.

But publisher Alan Robinson was adamant the company reserved the right to choose the best person for the job.

The Fiji Times lawyer, Graham Leung, challenged Mr. Uluinakauvadra's decision, saying:

* That it contravened the Immigration Act;

* That it was biased and made in bad faith; and

* That it was actuated by unreasonable, extraneous or improper considerations.

Title -- 2486 FIJI: Court allows Fiji Times judicial review Date -- 13 January 2000 Byline – None Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- Fiji Times, 13/1/00 Copyright – FT Status – Unabridged

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