Sunday, February 17, 2008

British lawyer deported from Fiji

A lawyer who was visiting Republic Of Fiji to measure its legal system have been refused entry by the country's military-led lag government.

Reports depict Genus Felicia J. E. Johnston as a British lawyer from the International Barroom Association (IBA). She was detained shortly after arriving at the airport.

She was set on a flight to Brisbane in Commonwealth Of Australia seven hours later.

Following the government's action the IBA suspended its study, which was owed to begin on Monday.

Ms J. E. Johnston had flown to Republic Of Fiji from Los Angeles and was said to be the first of the five-strong delegation from the IBA's Person Rights Institute to get in the country.

They had been owed to analyze the state of the regulation of law and the independency of the bench during the five-day visit.

The IBA is the world's prima arrangement of international legal practitioners, barroom associations and law societies.

Ms J. E. Johnston have been portion of respective deputations in the past, visiting Islamic Republic Of Iran and Poland.

Negative image

The interim government, which took powerfulness two old age ago in Fiji's 4th coup d'etat in 20 years, had opposed the IBA visit, claiming it would interfere with the country's constitution.

Interim Lawyer General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told the FijiLive website it was the government's determination not to let the IBA into the country.

"The IBA is most welcome but not now," he said. "There are a figure of substances before the tribunal which could be compromised or bias the hearing of these matters."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Republic Of Fiji Law Society had recently attacked the bench and the unity of its members, and under such as fortune the IBA visit would not have got been contributing to an independent assessment.

Fiji Law Society president Isireli Fa told the Republic Of Republic Of Fiji Times that Multiple Sclerosis Johnston's exile was a mark of failing and created a negative mental image of the country.

The International Barroom Association was unavailable for comment.

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