15 Feb 2018

Rika recalled for questioning by Fiji police

4:37 pm on 15 February 2018

The Fiji publication Islands Business says its former publisher Netani Rika has been recalled by the police for questioning over a story on the ATS workers dispute.

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Photo: Fiji Police

Mr Rika was taken in by police on Sunday for several hours of questioning under the Public Order Act.

Three police officers went to his Suva home on Sunday to accompany him to the police station.

Mr Rika said he was told the questioning would resume later in the week.

The Islands Business managing director Samisoni Pereti and journalist Nanise Volau were also questioned and released on Sunday evening.

Last week the magazine published a story reporting the magistrate, who ruled in favour of workers in the long running air terminal workers dispute, had had his contract terminated.

The Fiji Sun reported the Chief Justice Anthony Gates saying the article was "mischievous".

According to the Sun Mr Gates said the magistrate, Andrew See, had had his contract renewed last year and it was neither up for renewal nor had been terminated.

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