13 Dec 2005

Court ruling tomorrow on attempt to stop allegations against Labour Party members being made public

7:11 pm on 13 December 2005

The Suva High Court will rule on Wednesday on an application by the Fiji Labour Party to stop the prime minister, Fiji TV and other media from making any references to allegations that its MPs tried to benefit from the 52-million US dollar sugar reform.

Laisenia Qarase made the allegations against the Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, and party senator, Anand Singh, in parliament and then repeated them during a media briefing and during a broadcast on Fiji TV.

Radio Legend reports that the FLP has applied for the restraining order on the grounds that the information cannot be aired publicly any more as the matter is now before the court.

This in reference to Labour's defamation writ against the prime minister filed last week.

Lawyers representing the prime minister and Fiji TV strongly opposed the restraining application and made submissions highlighting the freedom of the media.