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:
USP Journalism on the Fiji crisis (UTS host):
USP Pasifik Nius stories on Scoop (NZ):
Have your say:

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.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news