FIJI REGIME RELEASES AUSSIE AIRLINE PILOT ON BAIL

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Scott allegedly leaked confidential Air Pacific records

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 13, 2011) – An Australian [pilot] charged in Fiji with unlawful access to Air Pacific documents has been released on bail.

The detention of Shalend Scott, a suspended Air Pacific employee and union official, came after documents were leaked last month which showed Air Pacific hired a New York law firm to help draw up a Fiji decree widely seen as anti-union.

Scott’s lawyer, Natasha Khan, explains, "Scott was bailed by the High Court in Lautoka yesterday afternoon. He has to surrender his passport – travel documents, that is – and he has to report thrice weekly at the Namaka Police Station. He has been charged for accessing information - electronic data - without authorization according to section 340 of the Crimes Decree."

Khan says Shalend Scott’s next court hearing is scheduled for October the 21st.

[PIR editor’s note: Air Pacific officially confirmed the suspension of Scott and also confirmed the data "included documents relating to the Essential National Industries Employment Decree," confidential documents, employee salaries and contracts.]

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