13 Oct 2011

Fiji releases Australian pilot on bail

5:28 pm on 13 October 2011

An Australian man charged in Fiji with unlawful access to Air Pacific documents has been released on bail.

The detention of Shalend Scott, a suspended Air Pacific employee and union official, came after documents were leaked last month which showed Air Pacific hired a New York law firm to help draw up a Fiji decree widely seen as anti-union.

Mr Scott's lawyer, Natasha Khan, explains.

"Mr Scott was bailed by the High Court in Lautoka yesterday afternoon. He has to surrender his passport - travel document's that is - and he has to report thrice weekly at the Namaka Police Station. He has been charged for accessing information - electronic data - without authorisation according to section 340 of the Crime's Decree."

Ms Khan says Shalend Scott's next court hearing is scheduled for October the 21st.