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A-G Clarifies Shameem’s Work

Former High Court judge Nazhat Shameem was not paid a single cent for conducting legal education workshops this year. The work of the Fijian envoy to the United Nations in
10 Feb 2015 10:30
A-G Clarifies Shameem’s Work

Former High Court judge Nazhat Shameem was not paid a single cent for conducting legal education workshops this year.

The work of the Fijian envoy to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland came under scrutiny in Parliament yesterday but the issue was clarified by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum. Responding to Opposition parliamentarian Mosese Bulitavu’s question, Mr Aiyaz-Saiyed Khaiyum said all expenses for several Continuing Legal Education workshops in January this year in Fiji were met by the Fijian judiciary and the Independent Legal Services Commission.

Attendance at the workshops helped local lawyers pick up much-needed points for renewal of their practicing certificates.   The Attorney-General highlighted Ms Shameem, a former High Court judge’s impressive credentials and her professional expertise in legal training.

“There is a dearth of good trainers in Fiji,”he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also clarified that Ms Shameem had made known to the Fijian Government her prior commitments to the training workshops before her appointment to Geneva last year. In response to further questions, the A-G said he was not aware of further workshops planned by Ms Shameem. He said the Fijian judiciary, as an independent institution, was perfectly capable of choosing other trainers if they saw fit.

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