19 May 2010

Fiji chiefs to get more power in fight against crime

1:47 pm on 19 May 2010

Fiji's interim administration is proposing giving village elders more powers to fight lawlessness.

The plan would allow flogging in some instances.

Philippa Tolley reports from Lautoka.

"The bylaws would give village courts the power to punish criminals. In its report under a headline, 'Jungle Law' the Fiji Times says the code would restrict what women could wear in the village and students would be required to return home by 6pm. Flogging would only be used if the offender refused to have his or her case referred to court. There has been increased interaction between chiefs and the interim administration recently with several chiefly regions making formal apologies to the interim prime minister. The bylaws could be in place as soon as next month."