Fiji Citizens Constitutional Forum May Face Contempt Charges

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Attorney General claims forum guilty of scandalizing courts

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 17, 2012) – The office of Fiji’s Attorney General has been granted leave by the High Court to issue contempt proceedings against the Citizens Constitution Forum (CCF) and its director Reverend Akuila Yabaki.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the contempt proceeding arose out of an article titled "Fiji the rule of law lost- an analysis of the law society charity report 2012, which is published in CCF’s newsletter Tutaka in the April edition.

"The contempt proceedings have been instituted against CCF as the proprietor and publisher of Tutaka and Akuila Yabaki as the editor," said Sayed-Khaiyum.

"The article published by CCF and Yabaki contained of words and statements essentially in our view scandalizes the courts in Fiji," he said.

He said a real risk is imposed as the article undermines the authorities of judiciary in Fiji and the case will be called at the High Court in Suva in July 27.

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