7 May 2010

Fiji interim justice minister hits out at Australia over abduction case

2:00 pm on 7 May 2010

Fiji's interim Minister of Justice has criticised the Australian government, saying it is ironic it sought Fiji's assistance in a child abduction case.

The High Court in Suva has ordered that a three-year-old child, abducted by his Australian father living in Fiji, be returned to the care of his Australian mother.

Fijilive reports the court heard that the child's father, under a domestic violence order in Australia, abducted the child from their Australian home.

Fiji's Interim justice minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says Fiji will always honor its international obligations.

But he says he thinks it is ironic for Australia to request an application be made in courts it has tried to undermine and before judges it has tried to intimidate.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added that he hoped this will make the Australian government reflect further on the pointlessness of placing judges on travel bans or discouraging others from taking up positions on the bench.