4 Oct 2010

Former Fiji PM to appear in court

6:21 am on 4 October 2010

Fiji's Former Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry is expected to appear in Tavua magistrate Court this morning, along with five other people.

It is alleged that Mr Chaudhry and the five breached conditions of the Public Emergency Regulation by holding meetings.

The interim regime imposed the emergency rules in April last year when it invalidated the constitution and dismissed the judiciary after a court ruling declared that the regime was illegal.

It had promised that it would lift the provisions once it had imposed its media decree, but that has not happened.

Mr Chaudhry was detained after a meeting with sugar farmers in Rakiraki.