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

 

Judge Overturns Speight Move

USP Pacific Journalism Online: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/
USP Pasifik Nius: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/nius/index.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 (Pasifik Nius): The Fiji High Court has ruled that a judicial order authorising the release of accused terrorists George Speight and Ratu Timoci Silatolu from their prison isle of Nukulau to nominate as candidates in next month's general election was invalid, local news media reported today.

But the ruling came too late to prevent detainees Speight and Silatolu from registering at the Commissioner Central's office in the airport township of Nausori on nomination day yesterday.

Arriving under tight security, both said they were not at liberty to talk.

The Daily Post reported that Speight murmured through clenched teeth that he was going to make a come back.

"I will come back," he said.

Earlier in the day, Chief Magistrate Salesi Temo ruled in favour of the detainees' application to personally file their nominations. They face charges of treason over their leadership role in the attempted coup on May 19 last year.

"People who want to contest the election under the 1997 constitution should be encouraged to do so, that is democracy," magistrate Temo said, the Sun reported.

"To deny Speight the opportunity to contest the election is to encourage the demise of democracy in Fiji."

He said the constitution provided the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in court.

The Fiji Times reported that the High Court ruling later on an appeal by state prosecutors prevented Speight and Silatolu returning to Suva today for the objection period for their nomination as candidates in Tailevu and Rewa.

Justice Peter Surman ruled that the Magistrates Court had no jurisdiction to make orders for the release of the accused rebels who face treason charges in the High Court.

Two other rebel accused, Iliesa Duvuloco and Maciu Naisogobulitabua, had a similar application rejected yesterday by magistrate Temo who conceded he did not have jurisdiction to release them.

Both Speight and Silatolu were escorted separately to Nausori under heavy guard and were given an hour to complete their nomination forms.

The brief release of the detainees and their candidature has sparked widespread criticism.

+++niuswire

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


UN: Pope's Visit To Iraq "A Symbol Of Hope"

The visit by Pope Francis to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul at the weekend will be a symbol of hope and an opportunity to join forces for peace and unity, the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, said on Thursday, ahead of his touchdown in the capital, Baghdad... More>>

Myanmar: Military Must Stop Murdering And Jailing Protestors – Bachelet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said security forces in Myanmar must “halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protestors,” following another day of deadly violence across the country on Wednesday... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs


Podcast: A UN Top Official’s Inspiring Journey To Leadership

UN Under-Secretary for Global Communications Melissa Fleming speaks to Agnes Kalibata, the Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit, about her journey as a woman leader – from growing up as a Rwandan refugee in Uganda to becoming Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and now a top official at the United Nations... More>>

UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>