July 18, 2012
'Real risk' to courts
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
THE High Court in Suva has granted leave to the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, to issue contempt proceedings against Citizens Constitutional Forum Limited and Akuila Yabaki.
This was announced by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum at a press conference yesterday.
He said the contempt proceedings arose out of an article titled Fiji: The Rule of Law Lost — An Analysis of the Law Society Charity Report 2012 which was published in the April 2012 edition of Tutaka, the quarterly letter of the Citizens Constitutional Forum Limited.
"The contempt proceedings have been instituted against the Citizens Constitutional Forum Limited as the proprietor of Tutaka and Akuila Yabaki as the editor of Tutaka," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
"The article published by Citizens Constitutional Forum Limited and Akuila Yabaki essentially in our view scandalises the courts in Fiji."
He said there were scurrilous attacks on the judiciary thereby posing the real risk of undermining the authority of the judiciary in Fiji.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also highlighted that his chambers had instituted similar proceedings against other parties such as The Fiji Times and Tai Nicholas.
The proceedings against CCF Limited and Akuila Yabaki will be called in the High Court on July 27.