Saturday, May 23, 2009
Radio New Zealand International reported that Dorsami Naidu, the President of the Fiji Law Society, said last week that three lawyers and their computers had been taken in to a police station in Suva, the capital. Naidu said that the search warrants that the police used to seize the computers of lawyers Jon Apted, Richard Naidu and Tevita Fa (a lawyer for the ousted Prime Minister of Fiji, Laisenia Qarase).
Mr. Naidu says he is concerned about the police having to confidential information about the lawyers’ clients. He also said that there was no guarantee that the police will not abuse their search powers. The lawyers were taken in under the emergency regulations. The police in Fiji did not confirm to Radio New Zealand that the lawyers and their computers had been taken into custody.
Hat tip to the East-West Center