8 Sep 2008

Fiji interim regime says a complaint of treason from the country's ousted leader is a stunt

3:56 pm on 8 September 2008

Fiji's Interim Attorney General has called the move by Fiji's ousted Prime Minister to lay a complaint of treason against the interim Prime Minister a stunt.

Last Friday Laisenia Qarase and others in his SDL party lodged a formal treason complaint against Commodore Frank Bainimarama as well as senior military figures and members of the interim government.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has questioned the motives of Mr Qarase and the other complainants who are also the litigants in the High Court challenge over the legality of the 2006 Coup.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum says they should wait for the ruling of that case.

"The complaint is a gimmick, it's a stunt because Qarase and his lawyers are fully aware that the matters are before the courts; the matters before the courts involve the legality or otherwise of the interim government, which also involves the promulgations made by his excellency our President and go directly to the events prior to, on and after 5 December [2006]"

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum