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May 22, 2009

Fiji reappoints judges

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 22:29
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NEWS

THE military regime has reappointed judges, a month and a half after removing the Judiciary.

Those reinstated include Anthony Gates and Devendra Pathik, two High Court judges who previously ruled that the military’s 2006 coup was legal.

Gates, a British national, was reappointed as Chief Justice while Pathik and Daniel Gounder were returned to their High Court positions.

Sosefo Inoke was also appointed as judge while Mary Muir has become a resident magistrate.

Gates and Pathik part of a three-judge panel that ruled last October that Bainimarama’s armed coup was legal.

That ruling was overturned by the Appeal Court in April, setting off a crackdown that has tightened the regime’s grip on power.

President Ratu Josefa Iloilo fired all of Fiji’s judges, abrogated the Constitution and declared a state of emergency. – fiji uncensored

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Sydney Fijians prepare to take to the street

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 14:40

PRESS RELEASE

THE Sydney Fijian community is all set for a planned protest march through Sydney and rally at Hyde Park at 2pm this Sunday to express their very strong disapproval of the continued illegal governing of their former homeland by the Bainimarama military regime.

Lined up to speak at the rally are:

  • Pramod Rae, a leading trade unionist and National Secretary of the National Federation Party. Fiji’s oldest political party;
  • Ted Young, a former cabinet minister of the government deposed in the 2006 military coup by the present regime; and
  • Ballu Khan, a New Zealand businessman who was bashed up so badly by Fijian soldiers in 2007, he almost died in custody after being arrested and charged with conspiring to assassinate Commodore Bainimarama and senior government ministers.

He spent over a month recovering in hospital and the case was eventually thrown out by the High Court due to lack of evidence.

The first two speakers risk real possibilities of being arrested and possible torture upon their return to Fiji by agreeing to speak at the rally and the movement commends them for their courage.

The Fijian community in Sydney, like their counterparts back in Fiji are sick of the continued lies and intimidation dished out by the regime that now bears all the hallmarks of a totalitarian Third World military dictatorship.

Since conducting the coup in December 2006, Bainimarama had always said they are the guardian of the 1997 Constitution. The moment his government and the acts he took were declared illegal by the Fiji Court of Appeal on 9 April, 2009, he quickly activated his contingency plan where the figurehead president Ratu Iloilo he now controls, declared the Constitution abrogated.

Since that fateful decision, things have taken a turn for the worse in Fiji with:

  1. The wholesale sacking of over 1500 civil servants without prior warning as the Government coffers dry up;
  2. The devaluation of the Fiji dollar by 20%;
  3. The non-existence of the Judiciary since 20 April;
  4. The set-up of a a Magistrate Court stacked with coup sympathisers;
  5. The claimed destruction and shredding of records in the Court Registry by a newly-appointed military lawyer as Court Registrar;
  6. The deployment of military officers in all media newsrooms to censor any news they perceive as harmful to the regime;
  7. The systematic arrest and detainment without charge of people deemed enemies of the state under a very draconian Emergency Security Decree; and
  8. The dangerous collision course the military and Methodist Church are headed for given the recent detainment and release of a senior church official and the plan to ban the annual church conference as well as require that religious groups apply for permit to host religious gatherings and church services.

On 10 April, 20069, the regime activated an emergency decree which they have now announced will go on indefinitely. This has resulted, among other things, in the media being restricted to only publishing news items approved by the regime and gives the security forces power to disperse of any gathering of more that three people.

The rogue regime of Bainimarama has worked hard on ensuring that the people of Fiji are left voiceless and the Sydney Fijian community has decided to take it upon itself to become the voice of their voiceless compatriots back in Fiji.

They are prepared to tell the world of the suffering of the people of Fiji and appeal to fellow Australians to come and march with them. Many Australians have been to Fiji for a holiday and appreciate how beautiful the people and the islands are. We are sure they would share our concern for the uncontrolled destruction of this great country by a bunch of rogue elements who have taken the country hostage with guns and other weapons of destruction.

Fiji is now poised to become a failed state given the social unrest that will eventually result from the ill-thought actions of rogue elements that run Fiji today. History has shown that a failed state naturally becomes a haven for transnational crime and breeding ground for terrorism. Australians should be very mindful that geographically, Sydney and Brisbane are located closer to Fiji than they are to Perth and any such unrest could easily spill over to the eastern seaboard states of Australia.

So come and join us to urge the Australian Government and global leaders to quickly work out a solution for Fiji by marching with us. We will assemble at the Sydney Town Hall no later than 2pm this Sunday, 24 May.

Usaia Waqatairewa,
President, Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement

$40m funding offer for Fiji Uncensored

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 12:42

SPOOF

FIJI Uncensored has received an offer from a London-based lawyer to access the equivalent of $40 million in funds.

The proposition was contained in an email administrators of the website received earlier today.

The email, from Brown Morgan of the legal firm Hogarth Chambers, said the recent death of a client had presented Fiji Uncensored with this extraordinary opportunity.

“I am contacting you because you share the same last name with my late client, He was a personal client of mine and I managed all his legal affairs,” Morgan said in his improperly punctuated email.

“As of today, I stand as a true custodian to the cash deposit which he made through a Financial Consultant to a bank in the United Kingdom. I am faced with the task of getting someone who can stand as his beneficiary, who can be permitted to claim the fund. The amount deposited is (Twelve Million Pounds) and the Finance Firm is ready to release the money to whoever I present as the true fund beneficiary and next-of-kin to my late client because my late client accorded me with a Letter of Authority (Power of Attorney) duly endorsed in the British High Court of Justice when he made the deposit, to act on his behalf in times of his absence and inability to act and I was his legal advising counsellor on the deposit and other issues,” Morgan said, clearly having paid scant attention to the use of paragraphs as a requirement of writing.

In response, a proxy for Fiji Uncensored offered collective condolences for the recent loss but politely declined the funding offer, which incidentally required such details as full names, addresses, phone numbers and bank account details.

Fiji Uncensored did suggest that Morgan contact censors of the regime with the hope that they would be more forthcoming with such particulars.

Unfortunately for Morgan, Fiji Uncensored’s response was also password protected. Unlocking it would require the entire contents of Wikipedia’s entry on Fiji. – fiji uncensored

  • The content of the correspondence is displayed in full below:

SUBJECT: I WILL BE WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU

Hello , 

My name is Brown Morgan. I am an attorney, working with the reputable legal firm – Hogarth Chambers in London, United Kingdom. I am contacting you because you share the same last name with my late client, He was a personal client of mine and I managed all his legal affairs.

As of today, I stand as a true custodian to the cash deposit which he made through a Financial Consultant to a bank in the United Kingdom. I am faced with the task of getting someone who can stand as his beneficiary, who can be permitted to claim the fund.

The amount deposited is (Twelve Million Pounds) and the Finance Firm is ready to release the money to whoever I present as the true fund beneficiary and next-of-kin to my late client because my late client accorded me with a Letter of Authority (Power of Attorney) duly endorsed in the British High Court of Justice when he made the deposit, to act on his behalf in times of his absence and inability to act and I was his legal advising counsellor on the deposit and other

issues.

The Finance Firm through which my client deposited the fund currently demands that I quickly provide a beneficiary for the fund because the deposit duration has expired and needs a renewal or withdrawal from their company otherwise it will be handed over to the government.This

is the reason that I decided to contact and do this deal with you so that we can get the money out whether you are truly related to my late client or not.

If you feel we can sign out the funds together quickly send me your names in full, your contact address, your contact telephone number and bank account details and I will get back to you with details of the transaction.

Regards,

Brown Morgan B.Sc, Dip Law

Hogarth Chambers

5 New Square

Lincoln’s Inn

London WC2A 3RJ

United Kingdom

RE: I WILL BE WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU

Dear Mr Morgan,

Thank you for your email.

We wonder though, how can a legal firm as reputable as Hogarth Chambers in London, United Kingdom, be incapable of providing their, we would imagine, equally reputable staff with appropriate email addresses?

Surely an organisation as reputable as Hogarth Chambers in London, United Kingdom, cannot afford to have representatives acting on its behalf to use such appaling appelations as brownmorgan226@gmail.com.

Also, while we have much sympathy for the passing of your late client, we have even greater compassion for the misfortune he must have suffered for having had such a last name as Uncensored.

Oh, the torment he must have endured as a child!

But we can all take comfort in the knowledge that for all the difficulties he must have endured in this life, that he is in a better place in the next.

Even if he is in a destination that was not his first choice, it would still be preferable to having a swindler as a legal representative.

We must also politely decline your request for names, addresses, phone numbers and bank account details.

As much as we are partial to the benefits that pounds will make to the bottom line of our respective and admittedly modest bank accounts, we currently have an aversion to giving up such details which Fiji regime censors will understand.

We suggest therefore that you contact them instead and we trust that this adequately settles the matter at hand.

We remain,

Fiji Uncensored.

Tuvalu plans to revive Air Fiji

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 12:33
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NEWS

AIR Fiji owner, the Tuvalu Government, wants to revive the company but it hinges on a board meeting with other majority shareholder China National Aero-Technology Import and Export (CATIC) next month.

But Tuvalu Transport Minister Taukelina Finakaso said on Wednesday that his Cabinet may not be keen on putting more money into the airline.

“Tuvalu would need a partner if it is to revive the company,” Finakaso told the Fiji Times. “We don’t want to close shop because of the implications to the workers.

“The airline management did propose for the Tuvalu Government to help out on the payment of workers but I think Cabinet may not be keen on that.

“This is a national icon of Fiji and we also have sentimental connection to it because it was the only airline that assisted us when Air Marshalls ceased operations in Tuvalu.”

The Tuvalu Government also had invested heavily in the airline – $2million on shares, $150,000 for the purchase of a plane and guaranteeing a $500,000 overdraft with the National Bank of Tuvalu among other guarantees.

“The airline management was concerned with the future, particularly that of the workers,” Finakaso said. “This is a very difficult time for everyone particularly with the global economic recession.

“We have a few proposals that I need to take back to my Cabinet and we sympathise with the plight of the workers.

“We should remain optimistic, there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Finakaso said the airlines’ accounts were still being audited and he was unable to estimate how much debt it was in.

Finakaso arrived in the country at the weekend to resolve issues pertaining to the ailing airline.  – fiji uncensored

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