22 Nov 2010

Fiji extends emergency rules after warning foreigners against interfering in local affairs

5:56 am on 22 November 2010

Fiji has extended its emergency regulations once more with the latest round coming into effect over the weekend.

Fiji Live says the regulations were introduced 19 months ago when the self appointed regime overturned the constitution.

Yesterday, Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, issued a warning to non-Fiji citizens not to interfere in the country's internal affairs.

The statement came after the deportation last week of a US executive of the company, Fiji Water.

David Roth was declared a prohibited immigrant for allegedly acting in a manner prejudicial to good governance and public order.

Commodore Bainimarama issued the directive from China, based on what he describes as reliable information verified and confirmed by relevant authorities.

The nature of Mr Roth's alleged breaches of his work permit has not been disclosed.

Two days before the deportation, the acting interim prime minister and interim immigration minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, resigned, saying he could not sign the removal order.