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Shameem sisters do a dash as Singh is cleared

May 13, 2014

LAST SISTER EXITS: Nazhat Shameem heading to Geneva as Fiji’s representative.

So both of the Shameem sisters have now opted out of Fiji but no matter how far they go, they will always be tainted.

Nazhat Shameem is to take up a post with the United Nations in Geneva, just a year and a half after sister, Shaista, sought sanctuary in New Zealand.

Readers will recall both of the Shameem sisters have been implicated in Frank Bainimarama’s 2006 coup and were part of the Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum inner circle.

Their departures, albeit both at different times, but before the September general elections suggests the playing field that has been Fiji no longer suits them.

Both sisters had it good here, although Shaista, got more of a public drubbing after switching sides, presenting herself as a supporter of justice, when she wanted out.

Her New Zealand LinkedIn profile Summary currently declares she is ‘Committed to Justice’ and ‘Nobility Oblige’ – a French phrase meaning ‘with wealth, power and prestige comes responsibility.’

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Her former High Court judge sister has been more coy about her dealings with the regime and Khaiyum, but was exposed by C4.5 in our March 25, 2012 story as calling herself ‘Madam’ and openly influencing key regime entities.(

Because of her connections, Shaista Shameem was readily embraced by New Zealand, which supposedly still had sanctions Fiji at the time, and allowed to study at Waikato University. She went on to work as a lawyer in Auckland, where she remains.

Another Fijian residing in Auckland has clearly not been of ‘wealth, power and prestige’ but has managed to win his case against the John Key government and the Security Intelligence Service after raids on his Auckland shop, in 2012, over a claim he and others were involved in a plot to kill Bainimarama.

It emerged officially last year in Parliament that Mosese Tikoitoga had texted Singh to boast of the SIS operation as it was happening, confirming there had been co-operation between the SIS and the Fiji military, despite denials from the New Zealand government.

Source – c4.5, Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM
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