World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Ahmed Slates Tribunal

USP Pacific Journalism Online: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/
USP Journalism on the Fiji crisis (UTS host):
http://www.journalism.uts.edu.au/archive/coup.html
USP Pasifik Nius stories on Scoop (NZ):
http://www.scoop.co.nz/international.htm
Have your say: http://www.TheGuestBook.com/vgbook/109497.gbook

SUVA: Former assistant home affairs minister Gaffar Ahmed yesterday criticised the tribunal investigating the role of Fiji's Police Chief Isikia Savua in the May 19 coup, the Fiji Times reports.

After a four-hour sitting, the tribunal adjourned to September 19.

Ahmed will appear before the tribunal again on September 20.

The former minister said he was disappointed with the manner in which the inquiry was conducted.

He called for a commission of inquiry instead of the closed tribunal.

"It's a tribunal where submissions are given privately," he said.

"There should have been a commission of inquiry instead of the tribunal.

"The information cannot be varied because the tribunal doesn't have the powers to summon witnesses," he said.

He added nothing would be achieved with the set-up of such tribunals because the information presented would be scrutinised by the defence.

Ahmed said the submissions he presented referred to alleged corruption and nepotism in the police force.

The tribunal resumes on Tuesday with former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dr Apenisa Kurisaqila expected to present his submissions.

Fiji Public Service Association general secretary Rajeshwar Singh will appear on the next day with Ahmed.

The tribunal has accommodated University of the South Pacific academic Professor Vijay Naidu, Nausori lawyer Abhay Singh and Assistant Police Commissioner Moses Driver.

+++niuswire


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ramzy Baroud: Year in Review Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy

2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. More>>

ALSO:


North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>

ALSO:

Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike.

Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures.

Once upon a time, the Soviet Union was the nightmare threat for the entire Cold War era – and since then the US has cast the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Islamic State in the same demonic role. Iran is now the latest example…More


Catalan Independence:
Pro-independence parties appear to have a narrow majority. More>>