14 Dec 2006

Fiji military told it lacks power to detain dissidents

4:09 pm on 14 December 2006

The Fiji military has been told it has no legal right to take people in for questioning as it has been doing for the last week.

Suva lawyer, John Apted, who has been closely involved in constitutional issues, says the military cannot take such action under the state of emergency it has declared.

"The usual situation is once an emergency has been proclaimed regulations are made defining what people may and may not do, and there have been no regulations made, and instead the RFMF has said that people are free to exercise all of their rights. Then surprisingly when they do some people are being taken aside and told maybe the don't want to."

John Apted