3 Mar 2008

Fiji Immigration law amended to stop challenge over Hunter expulsion - Mick Beddoes

4:56 pm on 3 March 2008

A former Fiji opposition leader says the Government has changed a law to cover up the fact there were no grounds for deporting a publisher last week.

The Immigration Act has been amended to say that the decision of the Minister to order someone's removal cannot be challenged in court.

Russel Hunter, who is an Australian citizen, was expelled after being declared a prohibited immigrant who posed a risk to Fiji's security

Mick Beddoes, says the amendment has been designed to stop any challenge to the Minister's decision to expel Mr Hunter.

"They're saying it is pure coincidence that the law was brought in when Mr Hunter was being expelled and they think for some reason that the citizenry in Fiji are a bunch of idiots, and we can't see through the lies that are being told to the people. When in actual fact the sole reason for the law was to stop any repercussions to the expulsion of Mr Hunter."

Mick Beddoes says he's concerned at the lack of transparency in the decision to amend the law, and is callling on the Government to explain how it happened.