4 Jul 2005

Fiji Law Society plans challenge if Reconciliation Bill passed

7:08 am on 4 July 2005

The Fiji Law Society will mount a legal challenge against the government if it passes its controversial Reconciliation and Unity Bill into law.

The Fiji Times reports that the Law Society president, Graham Leung, revealed this after their annual convention at the weekend.

Mr Leung says a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the Bill is the only option available if the government does not strike out its amnesty provisions.

Mr Leung says as a responsible and informed body with more than 300 members, the Fiji Law Society has the support of law associations in 14 countries around the Pacific Rim.

He says if the head of 60,000 Roman Catholics in Fiji, Archbishop Petero Mataca, put his hand up and said this Bill was not about true reconciliation, his opinion has to be given considerable weight and respect.