10 Oct 2011

Australian national charged in Fiji over unlawful access to documents

8:15 pm on 10 October 2011

The Australian government says an Australian man has been charged in Fiji with unlawful access to documents.

The 37 year old appeared in court on Friday and was remanded in custody until the next hearing scheduled for October the 21st.

The statement from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade comes in response to queries about the detention of union official and Air Pacific pilot Shalend Scott who is understood to be an Australian national.

A department spokesperson says Australia's Acting High Commissioner in Suva has made representations to senior authorities in Fiji regarding the detention.

The man has been appointed legal representation and the commission is providing consular assistance.

Shalend 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.