17 Sep 2007

Suspended Fiji chief justice ready to fight probe of his conduct

3:30 pm on 17 September 2007

Fiji's suspended chief justice has threatened legal action to stop any inquiry into his conduct.

The threat follows the interim attorney general's announcement that he has sent President Ratu Josefa Iloilo names of people of international repute who have held high judicial office to be members of the tribunal to hear charges against Mr Fatiaki .

Mr Fatiaki's lawyer, Jon Apted, has told fijilive that he has been instructed by his client to begin legal action against the tribunal as soon as its members are named.

Mr Fatiaki already has a case pending in the High Court challenging his suspension from office by the interim administration in January this year.

President Iloilo has to endorse the appointment of the tribunal before its members are named.

Mr Fatiaki was suspended from office by the interim administration over allegations that he drafted decrees and provided legal advice to the treasonous Speight regime during the May 2000 coup.

The case challenging the legality of the current regime is still before the courts.