FIJI CITIZENS GROUP CALLS FOR RESIGNATION OF AG

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 25) - The Citizens
Constitutional Forum of Fiji has accused the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale,
of interfering in the due process of law and has called on him to resign.

The Fiji Sun newspaper says the CCF has accused Bale of telling
the director of public prosecutions not to lay serious coup-related charges
against Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli.

Ratu Jope was sworn in as vice president immediately after the
May 2000 coup and proceded to swear in George Speight’s failed administration.

The Sun says the accusations have been made by the CCF’s
executive director, the Rev Akuila Yabaki, in a letter to Bale.

Yabaki says while the attorney general is consulted on the
appointment of the director of public prosecutions, it does not give him the
power to tell the DPP who he can or cannot prosecute.

Yabaki also accused the attorney general of giving unsolicited
legal advice to the president to reduce the sentences and quash the convictions
of soldiers sent to prison for mutiny.

He says Bale’s advice to the president is not only wrong in
law, but also unethical.

Yabaki accused Bale of interfering in many areas where he has no
power to and has called on him to resign.

Bale is reported to be planning legal action against the CCF
which was de-registered by the Qarase administration nearly two years ago.

April 25, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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