BAYING FOR HIS HEAD: Now, FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry joins in the clamour to arrest the young Iranian asylum seeker who fled from the clutches of Australia and PNG; sadly, he didn't have $2million in Sydney
THE appointment of Ajay Nand as Fiji's new Auditor General has been welcomed by the Citizens' Constitutional Forum (CCF).
A statement by CCF reported that it looked forward to working with the Auditor General in tabling the Auditor General?s Report in Parliament from 2014 until last year.
"Through our Open Budget Survey, CCF has established that the Office of the Auditor General have published the audit reports only up to 2013," it stated.
"On the other hand, the Parliament of Fiji website has published the Auditor General's Report of Government commercial companies, statutory authorities and municipal councils.
"It is the constitutional rights of every Fijian to know whether public sector agencies have used public funds for the purposes they have been appropriated and in accordance with legislation and financial management regulations or whether there have been cases of mismanagement or ineptitude that has to be addressed." Source: Fiji Times, 30 January 2017
DONALD TRUMP'S VISA BANS: Who is NEXT? Will it be Fiji's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Aiyaz Khaiyum who had lied on his VISA APPLICATION to get entry into United States after joining 2006 coupists
Meanwhile, as Donald Trump fires his acting Attorney-General for refusing to endorse the executive order restricting Muslim travel and immigration to United States, another Attorney-General should be a very worried man - YES - Fiji's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum who had lied on his VISA FORM to get entry into America
(Note: The USG revoked [Aiyaz] Sayed-Khaiyum's 10-year visa in early 2007, notifying him by phone and letter. Interestingly, on the transit-visa application, Sayed-Khaiyum checked the box indicating he had never had a U.S. visa revoked.) Larry Dinger, then US ambassador to Fiji, in Wikileaks cable to Washington, May 11, 2008
Making misrepresentations on an application for immigration benefits is a ground of inadmissibility under U.S. Immigration Law. The former ambassador Larry Dinger's cable (Wikileaks) clearly state Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum LIED on his Visa Application in 2008
Interim AG goes public with UN visa-denial complaint
1. (U) Fiji's interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum phoned Suva media from Vienna on Friday, May 9, to make public his unhappiness at Embassy Suva having denied him a visa to transit Los Angeles to and from a U.N conference in Vienna. He also complained that the U.S. denial came at "the eleventh hour." Sayed-Khaiyum said the interim government (IG) is filing a complaint with the UN in New York. We provide background.
The actual story
2. (SBU) Embassy Suva received a dipnote from Fiji MFA on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 30, seeking transit visas of LA for May 6 and 9/10 to facilitate Sayed-Khaiyum's attendance at a meeting in Vienna of the Expanded Pilot Review Group on the implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption. The same afternoon, we informed EAP/ANP of the request and sought Washington's response, given that Sayed-Khaiyum is on the Fiji post-coup visa-sanction list.
(Note: The USG revoked Sayed-Khaiyum's 10-year visa in early 2007, notifying him by phone and letter. Interestingly, on the transit-visa application, Sayed-Khaiyum checked the box indicating he had never had a U.S. visa revoked.)
On the morning of Friday, May 2, EAP/ANP provided Washington's response to deny the visa. We immediately phoned MFA and followed up with a dipnote, delivered the same day. On Monday, May 5, Sayed-Khaiyum phoned the Embassy and had a polite conversation with DCM Mann, who confirmed the USG denial of the transit-visa request.
U.S. policy re UN-related visa requests
3. (SBU) To the best of our knowledge, USG policy on UN-related visas for those on the Fiji visa-sanction list is to allow an exception in those cases where travel is to New York or elsewhere in the U.S. for UN business, acknowledging a U.S. obligation under the UN headquarters agreement. Similarly, the USG has permitted travel to Washington for World Bank/IMF meetings. In Sayed-Khaiyum's case, the meeting was not in the U.S. but in Vienna; and, as he has demonstrated, he had an alternative route to get there: via Seoul.
Media coverage and reactions
4. (SBU) Fiji media have given Sayed-Khaiyum's public complaint reasonable coverage. Over the weekend, Embassy Suva responded to media requests for comment by noting that USG visa sanctions on interim government ministers remain in place.
We have not yet commented on the UN angle, though we did so in the past in relation to interim PM Bainimarama's attendance at the UNGA last September.
From what we hear, Sayed-Khaiyum's revelation that the USG denied the visa has given heart to a number of opponents of the IG, who rightly perceive Sayed-Khaiyum to be one of the IG's most outspoken defenders of restraints on human-rights.
Such restraints have included deportation of media publishers and, for some Fiji citizens, restraints on travel abroad. One blog noted over the weekend that last year the IG (Sayed-Khaiyum) refused to permit travel by a Fiji-citizen employee of the UN's Suva office to a UN conference in Tonga. [Larry] DINGER (Wikileaks)
“Boy, that Wikileaks has done a job on her [Hillary Clinton], hasn’t it?” - Donald Trump during the Presidential Election Campaign
Trump: “One of the big advantages of me having a rather large microphone… is that I can talk about Wikileaks”
Trump: “Wikileaks, some new stuff, some brutal stuff”