QARASE QUESTIONS INDEPENDENCE OF FIJI JUDICIARY

‘Justice no longer business of our judicial system’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 9, 2008) - Ousted Prime Minister Laisenia [Qarase] says he has very serious doubts about the independence of the judiciary in Fiji.

His comments follow the High Court’s decision to dismiss the case brought by him against the interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, questioning the legality of the 2006 military takeover.

"On the basis of the decision given today by the High Court I have very serious doubts now on the independence of our judiciary. The fairness and justice they are supposed to uphold has a big question mark."

Qarase told journalists at a press conference the court’s decision has raised the issue of the independence of the judiciary.

"Justice appears to be no longer the business of our judicial system. The judgment today has made a complete mockery of that system," he stressed.

Qarase said his Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party (SDL) will now consult with their lawyers to determine the next course of action.

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