Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Fiji: Qarase charged

Lost in the noise of the deportation of Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter is some other significant news from Fiji: deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has appeared in court on abuse of office charges. However, they don't relate to his time as Prime Minister, but to a share transactions in the early 1990's when he was acting as a company director.

This is what should have been done to Qarase all along: charge, prosecute, and (if the evidence is strong enough), convict. And that's not something you need tooverthrow a democratically elected government to do.