22 Sep 2006

Row in Fiji's director of public prosecution's office goes to High Court

5:45 am on 22 September 2006

A high level public row in the office of Fiji's director of public prosecutions has gone to the Suva High Court.

Two lawyers who were earlier unsuccessful in their applications for the post of deputy director of public prosecutions have challenged the re-appointment of Josaia Naigulevu as the DPP for another five-year term.

Radio Legend reports that a senior prosecutor in the DPP's Office, Kemueli Tunidau, and Suva lawyer Abhay Singh claim that the Constitutional Offices Commission was not fair in renewing Mr Naigulevu's appointment.

Mr Tunidau has also lodged a separate challenge to DPP's re-appointment by claiming that Mr Naigulevu was never admitted to the bar.

This would men that Mr Naigulevu is not qualified to practise law in Fiji.

Justice Jiten Singh has adjourned the case till October the 23rd to enable amended papers to be filed.