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Former politician, judge returns home

Margaret Wise
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

HE cuts a distinguished figure in his black suit and as soon as he was sighted walking the streets of Lautoka City, shoppers called The Fiji Times.

Judge Jai Ram Reddy, the former Opposition Leader and member of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, later explained that he was visiting family and friends.

"In fact, Fiji is my home. I travel between here and New Zealand but this is where I call home. I have my farm here and I have a home in Lautoka so although I move between here and Auckland, Fiji is my home," the retired politician said while relaxing at his farm in Tuvu, a rural community between Lautoka and Ba.

A lawyer by training, he was leader of the National Federation Party and Opposition Leader from 1977 to 1983, and again from 1992 to 1999. He went on to serve as President of the Fiji Court of Appeal, briefly in 2000, and again from 2002 to 2003. On January 31, 2003, the UN General Assembly elected him as a member of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda which is responsible for the prosecution of war crimes.


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