Lawyer Blasts Fiji PM’s Sedition Comments

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Matter before courts, usurping courts role

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, September 3, 2015) – The lawyer working for most of those accused of sedition in Fiji says recent comments by Frank Bainimarama are out of order because the matter is before the courts.

In a speech last weekend the Prime Minister said any insurrection would be crushed and he warned of severe punishment for anyone joining attempts to form a breakaway state.

Aman Ravindra Singh says Mr Bainimarama is getting poor legal advice.

"For the Prime Minister to come out lately on national news and continue to say that we will crush you, he's unfortunately usurping the role of the courts and why people are being charged and placed before the courts. In fact his statement says that people have already been found guilty."

Ravindra Singh says his own comments on the case which have been directed at the state prosecutors and the police have not tried to usurp the role of the courts.

 

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