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Decree challenge looms

Shayal Devi
Sunday, June 01, 2014

FIJI Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry is adamant he will challenge the decree which disallows him from contesting the 2014 General Election.

Speaking at party meeting in Lautoka yesterday, Chaudhry assured party supporters he was not giving up.

"Our grounds are that this decree is a violation of my civil and political rights," he said. "There is an international convention on civil and political rights under the United Nations Convention and our position is that this particular decree does not conform to the provisions of the convention and Fiji is bound by that convention.

"So that's the position we have taken on that decision. I have accepted the fact that the judges have convicted me and the matter is still within the judicial system."

However, Chaudhry said he could not reveal details about the case as the matter was before the court.

"This is a recent court case I had under the Exchange of Control Act where I was convicted of offences relating to Exchange of Control (Act) and the charges were that I did not bring the money to Fiji.

"I am precluded from commenting publicly on the case because I could be held for contempt of court."

He said they were pursuing the case in the Court of Appeal.

"The Court of Appeal will decide and then we will see where we go."

About 100 people from Lautoka attended the meeting in Rifle Range yesterday.

Mr Chaudhry also said reinstating the Great Council of Chiefs and addressing rising food prices were two of the main issues the party would address if elected.

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