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Immunity decree no defence, Court rules – good on you Gounder says SWM!

March 30, 2009

Bloggers, imagine if you will what the soldiers mus be talking about at QEB today! They must be talking in huddles that the pig, Vore has lied to them and the Immunity is not worth the paper it is written on. Some will lose sleep and even their appetite! SWM wonders now whether Vuniwawa will open up and spill the beans on who ordered him to kill Verebasaga and other criminal acts as well. The walls are crumbling people!!!

Monday, March 30, 2009 Update: 2:05PM

 THE High Court has ruled that the President’s immunity promulgation does not render Maika Vuniwawa, the soldier charged with the murder of land surveyor Nimilote Verebasaga, immune from prosecution.

“The immunity (promulgation) only extends to those acts that led to the ousting or removal of the Officials of the legislative and executive organs of Government from their offices and also of other persons holding public office,” said Justice Daniel Gounder in his judgement delivered today.

“It surely does not immune anyone from prosecution for an offence of murder allegedly committed in the process of removing the Officials.”

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim permalink
    March 30, 2009 5:21 AM

    Exactly right Gounder!. The defence were just trying it on as they were probably duty bound to do. But maybe they suffer from the same illusions Teleni does – like they have ‘some’ mandate under ‘some’ God or other.
    The world is laughing at these people (the junta) while Fijians are left to labour under their self-interest and egos. Not too dissimilar from Zimbabwe really is it? Bear in mind Robert Mugabe’s intentions were thought to be entirely noble when he began as well.

  2. March 30, 2009 6:35 AM

    Has anyone set the timer? We should measure how long it will take the military thugs to deliver Justice Goundar a molotov cocktail into his home.
    What about the effect that his ruling will have on the soldiers themselves? Hopefully it will make them re-think their blind following of illegal orders from their officers. If they can question the ‘immunity’ order, perhaps they will see they CAN question other orders.
    Stroke of genius for a ‘defence’
    God bless Fiji

  3. Jean d'Ark permalink
    March 30, 2009 7:35 AM

    I’m not sure whether any of the Rabaka nine made any plea to the “immunity” decree, but Goundar’s ruling there seemed to be a pre-cursor to this one.

    In that case, neither he nor the assessors bought into many of the defense’s arguments. So they would have really had to pull a rabbit out of a hat this time to turn that around.

  4. Jean d'Ark permalink
    March 31, 2009 7:43 AM

    Anyway, the real point is there is some commonsense and goodness left in the halls of power in Fiji.

    That is certainly cause to celebrate even if we aren’t anywhere near being out of the coup backwater woods yet.

    Because our expectations that everything just can’t continue to be all about justifying the 2006 coup at the expense of what is right and good and plain commonsense, is proving true.

    And it is happening more and more often now …

  5. Navosavakadua permalink
    March 31, 2009 8:32 AM

    The Pig got his pay rise but the troops are told to wait.

    The Pig’s role in the coup, stepping into the shoes of the President, appointing himself PM etc, are covered by immunity but the troops he put into the streets to make sure that he could hold on to that power are not covered.

    Eventually the pattern that’s obvious for everyone else to see is going to be understood by the troops who have been used.

  6. Fiji Democracy Now permalink
    March 31, 2009 8:37 AM

    Justice Daniel Gounder’s ruling that the immunity decree does not apply to Maika Vuniwawa, who is charged with the murder of Nimilote Verebasaga, is good news.

    For one thing, it greatly increases the chances of Nimilote Verebasaga’s family seeing justice done after waiting two long years.

    For another, the ruling should effectively scuttle any possibility that the immunity decree can be used in the appeal underway on behalf of the convicted “Rabaka Nine”.

    The good news from Justice Gounder’s courtroom came just one day after our Sevens triumphed in Hong Kong.

    So, could there be more good news on the way?

    Dare we believe that good news can come in threes?

  7. Jean d'Ark permalink
    March 31, 2009 12:44 PM

    Dare we …? Dare we …?

    We’ve seen false dawns before. But one thing’s for sure – this stupidity CAN’T last forever!

    So sooner or later things ARE going to return to normality and logical consequences, regardless of Driti’s heroic recent attempts to plunge the Regime’s idiocy to new depths.

  8. Isalei permalink
    April 1, 2009 3:13 AM

    Except that what Goundar said in his ruling that: “The immunity (promulgation) only extends to those acts that led to the ousting or removal of the Officials of the legislative and executive organs of Government from their offices and also of other persons holding public office,” must continue to be challenged by all law abiding and right thinking persons in Fiji.

    So long as this Gates ruling is used by the Judiciary to justify the actions of the military on 5/12, it will pave the way for the continued corruption of the judiciary who will be ultimately accountable for taking Fiji down the spiral path into the bottomless pit of coups, crimes and greater violence.

  9. Mark Manning permalink
    April 2, 2009 2:23 AM

    It’s sounds like this is the beginning of the end for those in the Judiciary who have chosen to take up illegal appointments from this illegal regime .
    My guess is the regime’s days are numbered now , as there is nowhere for them to hide at all .

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