10 Oct 2011

Fiji police confirm airline union official in custody

3:56 pm on 10 October 2011

Fiji police have confirmed they are holding an Air Pacific pilot and union official Shalend Scott.

The Australian government has also confirmed an Australian national has been charged with unlawful access to documents.

This follows earlier reports police are investigating an employee who had been suspended for allegedly breaching Air Pacific's code of conduct.

Sally Round reports.

"An officer at Namaka Police Station in Fiji's Western Division says Mr Scott was brought in on Friday evening about 5 o'clock, and remanded in custody. The officer said he's been charged, but referred all other queries to the Cyber Crime Unit of the Fiji Police, which could not be reached due to today's public holiday. Namaka police said Mr Scott would be escorted to prison in Suva tomorrow. Mr Scott's detention comes after documents were leaked last month which show Air Pacific hired a New York law firm to draw up Fiji's new anti-union decree. Mr Scott is understood to be an Australian national and Secretary of the Fiji Airline Pilots' Association."