FIJI-AUSTRALIA: Academic deported for criticisms

by E Wayne Ross on November 8, 2009

World University News: FIJI-AUSTRALIA: Academic deported for criticisms

An Australian National University academic Professor Brij Lal was arrested and then deported from Fiji last Thursday after criticising the military regime during media interviews. Lal teaches at the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific and, although born in Fiji, he has Australian citizenship, is an expert on Fiji politics and helped draft the country’s constitution in 1997.

He was arrested at his home in Fiji’s capital Suva, held for an hour and interrogated then told to leave the country within 24 hours “or else”. Lal had been living in Suva since August and was writing a book on the island nation’s poor.