Michael Field, who remains banned from Fiji and so interviews his keyboard has again published misleading information about legal processes in Fiji.
One of Fiji’s senior military heads has been found guilty of plotting to overthrow strongman Voreqe Bainimarama and planning to kill one of his main supporters.
In a sensational turn, High Court judge Paul Madigan overturned the unanimous findings of a three person assessor or jury panel who earlier this morning found Brigadier General Pita Driti not guilty of the plot.
The evidence heard last week suggests several of Fiji’s colonels were also plotting to overthrow Bainimarama in 2010. But Madigan’s unusual over-ruling of an assessor panel under-scores the heavy international legal criticism laid against Fiji’s judiciary that it is not independent of the military regime.
Predictably Malcolm Harbrow from his lofty academic perch in Palmerston North has entered the fray as well, and simply repeated the mis-truths of Michael Field.
Both the article and Harbrow’s post are highly erroneous. Along with much of his article that doesn’t bear repeating it is so wrong. He clearly is clouded by his political leanings that he is actually prepared to deliberately mislead. Read more »