Fiji Time: 5:20 PM on Thursday 29 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Immunity 'critical'

Margaret Wise
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

THE provision of immunity in the draft constitution was not a new concept, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

"It is not unique to Fiji," he said while addressing the topic 'Constitution and Constitutionalism' at the 14th Attorney-General's Conference held last week at the InterContinental Fiji in Natadola.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the provision of immunity was "critical" in a move from an apartheid system to democratic rule.

"It has to be there," he stressed as he pointed out that this clause was included in South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as Fiji's 1990 Constitution.

He said social amnesia contributed to its inclusion in the 1997 Constitution and "these are the realities that we have in Fiji". Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also noted that the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua government had the Reconciliation Bill that allowed for a "group of unelected tribunal members to stop the DPP or police" from carrying out investigations.

"The same parliament that allowed for police to carry out investigations is undermining police in carrying out their work," he said.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Who let our boy go swimming
  2. Fake tabua inquiry
  3. Woman found
  4. 14 years for rapist
  5. Drysdale honours appointment
  6. 7s team change
  7. Fiji FA mourns loss of U17 rep
  8. $50.5m tax debt
  9. Entities fail to pay State dividends
  10. Senior executive found dead, police treat case as murder

Top Stories this Week

  1. Opposition challenges PM to walk the talk Friday (23 Jan)
  2. PM's apology to Fiji Saturday (24 Jan)
  3. Old market to turn into live fish shop Tuesday (27 Jan)
  4. FRCA terminates officers Tuesday (27 Jan)
  5. Things you didn't know about Kuridrani Monday (26 Jan)
  6. Tragic end to tour Wednesday (28 Jan)
  7. Man charged for assaulting daughter Monday (26 Jan)
  8. Who let our boy go swimming Thursday (29 Jan)
  9. New-look bus station plans Tuesday (27 Jan)
  10. Ba retains title Monday (26 Jan)