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Fiji regime turn to top Hong Kong barrister to crack Samisoni case

July 6, 2013


Samisoni and Williams outside court last August.
The regime has hired one of Asia-Pacific’s most expensive criminal barristers to win its case against businesswoman and former MP, Dr Mere Samisoni. 
London-born Clive Grossman – both a Queen’s Counsel and Senior Counsel in Hong Kong – appeared last Friday for the prosecution, to argue before the Chief Magistrate that stay applications should only be heard in Fiji’s High Court.
Grossman’s surprise involvement came as lawyers for Dr Samisoni were appearing in front of Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili’s Court seeking a stay proceeding against the single count of inciting political violence that Samisoni and two others face, and arguing the Magistrates Court had complete jurisdiction to order a permanent stay.
Samisoni’s family and supporters are astonished the military-run and increasingly impoverished Fiji government has hired Grossman to argue the fine point.
Her family say the charge against Dr Samisoni – who founded the popular 30-store Hot Bread Kitchen chain before turning to politics where she won the Lami Open seat on the outskirts of Suva for the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party (SDL) – is politically motivated.
Source – Coupfourpointfive; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM
One Comment leave one →
  1. Rusi Varani permalink
    July 6, 2013 4:19 PM

    Rajendra Naidu’s comments on Egypt and the military takeover leaves a lot to be desired. To say that what happened in Egypt is ‘clearly not a power grab by the military’ is akin to saying that this coup is better than the previous one. All coups are the same and they are all illegal as they constitute an unlawful takeover of an elected government.

    The role of the military in any democratic society is the same. They are subservient to the government of the day meaning, come what may, the military is always on the side of its owner (military as a state institution).

    Morsi was democratically elected and the only lawful way to remove him was to vote him out in the next election.I tend to think that the so called ‘people’s revolution’ gripping the very heart of leadership of most countries of the middle east has given the majority of the population of those countries the false impression that leadership changes is theirs at their own timing. Unfortunately, democracy does not work that way. People, and for that matter the military, has to learn or be taught and appreciate the minor mechanics of a true democracy. Without that, I am sorry to say that we are in for a very long haul.

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