14 Apr 2010

Fiji regime makes first comment on decree granting itself immunity

12:42 pm on 14 April 2010

The Fiji interim regime has made its first official comment about its decree granting itself immunity from prosecution for its action relating to what it calls political events over the past decade.

The decree was issued last month covering those involved in the 2000 and 2006 coups, including Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the military and police.

The interim attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has told the Fiji Village website that the decree is a forward looking plan.

He also says it clearly addresses the issue in relation to compensation claims.

The publication of the decree in Fiji by the local media was previously stopped by the regime's censors.

The measure has been criticised by Amnesty International which says will enable the regime to commit more abuses with impunity.