Former Prime Minister and Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry's defence lawyer, will apply for a permanent stay in his case on the basis of claims of government inteference in the court process.
The application will be based on the petition of Justice William Marshall QC, former President of the Fiji Court of Appeal, to the Attorney General, claiming that the Attorney General was interfering in the court processes.
Appearing before Justice Paul Madigan at the High Court in Suva today, Chaudhry’s lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry said the petition can interfere in his client’s case as it is targeting politicians in Fiji, including his client.
Chaudhry said Peter Williams QC had instructed him to to apply for a permanent stay based on the petition and he will send documents to Williams in New Zealand for further instructions.
He added that he will make an application for a permanent stay on three grounds.
Justice Madigan said Chaudhry should have the right grounds to make an application and gave him 28 days to make the application.
The court was told that Chaudhry will not be travelling to Australia because of his health condition.
The case has been adjourned to October 19.
By Ropate Valemei