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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pryde cometh before a fall

Following yesterday's rebuke of errant NZ lawyer Christopher Thomas Pryde on this blog the question has been raised about a solution to the problem.

Perhaps revoking his NZ passport is not really much of a hit. There may be something more effective available for this lawyer who has foresaken his commitment to the rule of law and has joined the Fijian dictatorship as underling to the shadowy Attorney-General at the legal department of a regime that has abrogated the constitution and now rules in a self-proclaimed "New Legal Order" - that is just a series of decrees emanating from the close circle of military and corrupted politicians of which he has become welded. I am beyond calling him names. It's action time.

You want a solution - a start to a solution? You want smart sanctions? Let's start in our own back yard with our own rogue citizens going off and playing legal mercenaries in Fiji. Let's knock that on the head right now.

From one of the few news outlets still operating in Fiji.

We have to find a judge in Fiji who holds a warrant under the 1997 constitution to order an extradition warrant for Christopher Thomas Pryde to stand trial for treason (or whatever is a non-death penalty extraditable offence) as a person who has sworn a treasonous oath (as the Raw Fiji News described it) and then we need to send this warrant to the NZ authorities who will act on it - and as soon as that creep lands on NZ soil he will be arrested and held in prison pending that trial in Fiji which must take place under a recognised regime in Fiji and therefore he will be held in jail in NZ until that time - when the dictatorship ends.

How's that for a sentence? Can our Attorney-General act on this?

He will seek a bail hearing, being a lawyer he would expect it to be granted, but I believe that the Crown's argument and the absolute repugnance for the abuse of the law in order to further a military dictatorship will be so strong on the bench that they will send this guy straight back to Mt Eden until there is a government in Fiji that is recognised by the NZ government.

McCully and Key should both make statements that they will put these NZ collaborators into prison should they dare come back here. This will be a very firm isolation measure that at least stops our people adding to the problems by sustaining them.

Fiji civil servants may be trying to boycott this regime and not take illegal oaths to an illegitimate military dictatorship in order to bring it down and restore democracy. So why should NZ stand by and let its cretinous, evil citizens fill those positions? Why would the NZ government allow its citizens to be the mortar that holds the dictatorship together?

They have to get this guy. He should be in the cell next to George Speight. We can't allow him one day of freedom in this country - let alone Fiji.

We need to lure him here - using his own greed and bloated sense of self importance as bait... what about a knighthood? Look at that toad - he'll slither through the bayonets of his military henchmen to grasp that bauble won't he. Let's make it ironic... for the guardianship of constitutionality, the stewardship and upholding of the rule of law and democracy in the South Pacific, and for services to the Fijian judiciary. Yeah? C'mangeeeeettiiiiiitt...

Alright maybe it could never be that beautiful but can it not be done in some way? I think he will crawl back to this rock of his own accord most likely.

Let's get this bastard. Let's show him how it's done in the real world - the one that he rejects and conspires against. Let's do it old school, let's do it over here - with a judiciary you can't sack just because you fucked up your court case; and a system you can't just completely redesign unilaterally and have proclaimed as law because you can't handle being a loser.

Christopher Thomas Pryde is a legal midget. A tin-pot lawyer in a tin-pot regime.

Collaborating with Bainimarama's "new order" will prove even more inconvenient than wearing a full business suit in Suva; and - as everything he has done thus far - it is purely and entirely a voluntary decision on his part, even an enthusiastic one. He will live to regret it by being held accountable for it.

Christopher Thomas Pryde - after serving the coup-master for a couple of years which culminates in his career high of losing the dictatorship's case for their own existence - has re-signed on to v2.0 of that regime that has promised elections... in 2014. He can stay there until that time - when he can be transfered from NZ custody to the new Fijian government.

This guy is an arsehole make no mistake:
...Judges do not have to worry about their futures in Fiji and there is not a single piece of evidence then or since for Mr Field to draw that conclusion.
- Well there's ample evidence now.

This clown lost his court case for the regime so badly that the court sacked him and the regime and called for immediate elections - and then within 48 hours all the judges get told they are sacked, an election is put off for five years, and he's re-appointed... by whom? By an illegal dictatorship of which he is an integral part.

Last week the law societies of both Fiji and NZ said no lawyers should take up positions in the illegal order. We have to give some teeth to these sorts of civil society sanctions and send some strong messages about the commitment to the restoration of democracy and legitimate government in Fiji.

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4 Comments:

At 29/4/09 2:49 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE COMMODORE DOESN'T FUCK AROUND TIM, AND HE SHOWED THAT WHEN HE EXECUTED THE SOLDIERS, (BY MEMORY ABOUT 8 I THINK) WHO TRIED TO KILL HIM IN THE MUTINY OF 2000.GEORGE SPEIGHT IS STILL LOCKED UP ON AN ISLAND ISN'T HE MATE.APPARENTLY HE AND CHAUDRY AGREE ON NOT HAVING HAD FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS SO FAR DESPITE ALL THE LOCAL OBSERVERS ETC?

DID YA READ THAT BOOK YET I POSTED ABOUT AS MINE PRINTS OUT BACKWARDS AND MY INK RAN OUT AFTA A HUNDRED PAGES OR SO.I'D BE KEEN TO GLEAN ANY INSIGHTS IF SOMEONE HAS THE TIME TO READ IT.MAYBE BREWERSTROUPE OR SOMEONE SUITABLY STUDIOUS.SAVE'S ME ALL THE HARD WORK?

 
At 29/4/09 6:28 pm, Blogger SeaJay said...

save me having to poke too deep, what has the local nice smiling administration done thus far? any statements? the law society, anything?
on a slightly different note: what directorships, school trusteeships, committee positions et al does he hold? any ideas on any holdings he may have, portfolios, property consortiums, Rotary, kiwanees whatever they are, who is this guy? how can he be touched? Facebook, My&EverybodyElsesSpace the man looks Bbo to me. does he tweet? or do the next thing.
can his family bring any influence to bear? who is this man? Does he rent? Apartment, holiday crib ?
how often does he come back to aotearoa? what does he rely on here? there and everywhere.
a thousand small cuts.
viral excommunication.
to be shunned
to receive bad service as a matter of course.
could we perhaps download, print and paste around our local communities the picture of this man with some damning text? get some press on it?
anyhoo, dinner

 
At 30/4/09 11:02 am, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

Yes - civil society can put up its own sanctions ahead of what any government might eventually impose.

 
At 30/4/09 3:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A point or eight, if I may:

1. You seem to forget that there was an earlier High Court ruling that said the regime change was in fact legal. The Court of Appeal simply overturned that earlier decision, so there is at least some debate on it, even in the judiciary. Because Iloilo acted prematurely after the ruling, that does not mean that the Fiji Supreme Court might have overturned the Court of Appeal decision. I have read the High Court decision and, from a legal point of view, it makes a lot of sense. The fact is neither you nor I know what the ultimate outcome would have been if this had been taken higher in the Courts. Sadly, it wasn't.

2. Chris cannot commit treason in Fiji because he is not a Fijian citizen (as far as I am aware). In fact, he has committed no extradictable offences at all. So wipe the froth from your mouth and settle down.

3. He is allowed to accept the position because he is a private individual and can be employed where he wishes. The NZLS, an organisation that has no backbone and does not truly or properly represent a large number of its compulsory membership, has no way of preventing any NZ lawyer from assisting the current regime. It is a business that you are confusing with politics. There is no misconduct on his part whatsoever. If he wishes to work with the regime then that is his right. All lawyers are private individuals and long may that last. After all, somebody has to be willing to take on the Government in the Courts when it is appropriate.

4. Chris had Gerard McCoy QC with him in the court case. Gerard is no clown and is a very able advocate. Anybody who has appeared in the Privy Council as often as he has is neither a fool nor a lightweight lawyer. They simply lost- just because you lose a case does not make you a bad lawyer.

5. The Court sacked neither him nore the regime. They ruled it was instituted unlawfully. There is a difference there.

6. I don't see how a complaint to the BSA, part of which was upheld, makes him an 'arsehole'. Oh, hold on, you lefty idiots don't like been called to account for the innaccuracies you so often peddle. Hmm, that makes sense now.

7. We have never taken action against other New Zealand citizens who have supported, either actively or politically, murderous left wing regimes, so why should we single out Fiji?

8. I say again that Chris is a true gentleman. Regardless of whether he should or should not be working with this regime, you should not stoop to such hateful and cancerous ranting as we see in your column. Make the point politically, by all means, but to make it as personal as you have is just appalling.

 

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