Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Malaysian lawyers criticise Fiji

Radio Australia

A senior Malaysian lawyer says Fiji has missed an opportunity to show its judicial process is above board and there is nothing to hide.

The Fiji Times says the head of the Malaysian Bar, Ambiga Sreenevasan, was commenting on Fiji's refusal to allow a visit by an assessment team from the International Bar Association.

Among those prevented from entering was Malaysian Lawyer Roger Tan.

Earlier, Fiji's interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said the delegation of international lawyers was not welcome because their presence would undermine the independence of judges hearing high-profile cases.

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