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Fatiaki tribunal named

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Update: 1.04pm THREE international judges have been named to hear the case of suspended Chief Justice, Daniel Fatiaki.

Those appointed are Justice Robert James Ellicott of Australia, who will chair the tribunal, Justice Raymond Sears, a judge of the High Court of Hong Kong, and Malaysian High Court judge, Dr Lal Chand Vohrah.

A statement from the Attorney General's office said the allegations of misbehaviour against Mr Fatiaki were served at his residence this morning.

''The allegations range from failure to uphold the dignity and high standing of the officer of a judge contrary to section 156 of the Constitution to failure to act independently of the executive head contrary to section 118 of the Constitution,'' Mr Sayed-Khiyum said.

The proceedings of the tribunal will be open to the media and the public. The preliminary hearing will be held on Monday.

''I request the public and in particular certain politicians, NGOs and sections of the medi which have shown either a clear bias or have been economical with the truth not to have a trial by media and/or use the tribunal proceedings as means to serve their personal and political gain,'' Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said the tribunal members were persons of internationl repute and of high judicial eminence.

''The tribunal will sit under the Constitution, it is convened under the Constitution and the process it will follow will be constitutional,'' he said.

Mr Fatiaki was suspended with full pay in January and he continues to occupy the official residence of the Chief Justice.





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