12 Apr 2014

Fiji Government looking to take action against social media comments

6:15 pm on 12 April 2014

The Fiji Government says it is looking to pursue defamation and contempt of court proceedings against a self-exiled lawyer for comments on social media sites.

Rajendra Chaudhry, the son of the leader of the Fiji Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry, criticised the recent decision of the High Court in finding his father guilty of breaching the Exchange Controls Act.

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum told Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that he is starting to look at how the courts can pursue those who publish allegedly defamatory and contemptuous comments online.

Rajendra Chaudhry left Fiji after being suspended for professional misconduct in 2012.

Fiji's Independent Legal Services Commission also ordered the closure of his law firm, Gordon and Chaudhry.