14 Feb 2007

Fiji interim rulers to ease travel bans on dissidents

4:23 pm on 14 February 2007

Fiji's interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has announced that the travel bans against some critics of the military-led administration will be lifted next week.

Travel bans had been placed on Fiji Women's Rights Movement executive director, Virisila Buadromo, businesswoman Laisa Digitaki, former journalist Imraz Iqbal, and youth activists Jacqueline Koroi and Pita Waqavonovono by the interim administration.

They were taken into temporary custody by the military and were questioned and allegedly abused for voicing their continued support for democratic rule in the face of the illegal actions of the military which overthrew the elected government.

The Fijilive website says the ban will still apply to those under investigation for alleged fraud and abuse of office.