Deputy Solicitor General Savenaca Banuve was sacked today by the military junta for refusing to defend cases pending against the interim administration.
Intelligentsiya sources confirm that Mr Banuve was given an ultimatum about handling cases brought by ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and two members of the Great Council of Chiefs.
We understand that Mr Banuve replied that his lawyers would not handle those cases as they already had a heavy load and that, secondly, it was their viewpoint that the current regime was illegal.
The cases Mr Banuve rejected now falls to senior legal officers and our sources tell us there may well be an exodus of lawyers who refuse to do it on the principle that the junta is illegal anyway.
An email sent to Mr Banuve’s official government address this afternoon was returned as undeliverable.
However, sources within several of the government’s legal divisions confirmed Mr Banuve’s sacking.