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


Another Constitutional Case To Be Filed Today

Issue No: 623 23 March 2001

The legality of the Qarase regime is being challenged again in the Courts.

An application to be filed today in Suva argues that the Qarase group has been illegally given the political leadership of the country. The claim is that the group was appointed contrary to the provision of the Constitution.

A vast majority of Fiji's citizens, together with NGO's, pro-democracy political parties, as well as other nations, including the USA, have condemned the subversion of the Court decision by the Qarase gang. The effect of the ill advice to the then Acting President, and to the President after he was sworn in, is that the decisions in effect constitute contempt of court.

The regime and its supporters are now jumping on the bandwagon of chiefly authority and argue that people should not question the decision of a high chief, however unlawful the decision may be. Some others within the scope of the regime are now claiming that legal redress will not help resolve the matters and are calling for dialogue. But these same people refused to dialogue or recommend dialogue when Qarase and his mob utilised the force of might to get into power, began squandering public funds, and then cling on to it without even an ounce of respect for law. When the oppressed seek the only relief they have in civilised societies, those endorsing the regime now call for reconciliation and dialogue.

Legal experts believe that the Qarase regime will again be declared illegal by the Court. Some have even suggested that instead of taking the matter to the High Court, the matter should go straight to the Supreme Court as a legal reference. Whether this is possible procedurally is not known as yet.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


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>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news