Law and Order

February 2014

Fiji to sharpen teeth on money laundering

Dionisia Tabureguci

Interception of communication through such means as the tapping of telephones lines will soon be legalised in Fiji as part of national effort to combat money laundering and anti-terrorism financing.

Sold for Sex!

Dionisia Tabureguci

Ongoing police investigation into a human trafficking racket in Fiji has uncovered the exploitation of two 12-year old girls who are allegedly being sold for sex.

Counterfeit trade US$250 billion a year

‘The counterfeit goods industry is so sophisticated that it is often impossible to distinguish between the real deal and the spurious pretender. It is also cunningly stratified to cater to different sizes of consumer pockets…This is a common occurrence in markets with poor governance structures, especially for goods of high ...

October 2013

Challenges for islands law ministers

Davendra Sharma

Law ministers in small islands states face ever-increasing new challenges in delivering appropriate access to justice for victims of crime. But all that is about to change with the Commonwealth Secretariat kicking in support to the region.

Each prisoner costs Guam over $35,000 a year

Tue 19 Mar 2013 -

HAGATNA, Guam, ---- A prisoner housed at the Department of Corrections costs more than US$35,000 in taxpayer money per year. For the average population of 600 inmates and detainees at DOC facilities, the cost per inmate means US$21.4 million a year — about US$3 million to US$4 million over its ...

Tongan overstayers deported from NZ

Tue 19 Mar 2013 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---Tongan overstayers who had their criminal records wiped by Tongan Police have been deported from New Zealand.

March 2013

Keeping the promise on March 8

Ariela Zibiah

It has been more than 100 years since a proposal that a celebration of and for women be held every year in every country on the same day was tabled at the second international conference of working women in Copenhagen by Clara Zetkin, as the leader of Germany’s Social Democratic ...

Solomon Islanders take up leadership and law and order issues

As RAMSI prepares to downsize, Solomon Islanders are taking responsibility for the welfare of their communities as JOHNSON HONIMAE found out during a series of community outreach meetings recently.

Claims of Fiji torture not isolated - Amnesty

TVNZ
Wed 06 Mar 2013 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ----Amnesty International says video appearing to show the vicious beating of two Fijian prisoners is just one of several cases it is aware of.

May 2012

Pacific vulnerable to human trafficking

Dionisia Tabureguci

As the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) joins other Pacific countries like Palau and Fiji to enact laws that tackle Trafficking In Persons (TIP), recent analysis has revealed the vulnerability of the Pacific islands region in this organised criminal activity.

Police misconduct in the region

Davendra Sharma

Specialist Australian police officers deployed in the South Pacific attract most complaints of misconduct than those in other regions, claims a new report.

August 2012

Pacific under the microscope

Davendra Sharma

One government calls it a tax haven for investors, another dubs it as a mechanism for dubious money laundering.

Drugs danger in Oceania

Davendra Sharma

A resurgence of use of cannabis in Fiji and three American Pacific islands territories has the United Nations alarmed and looking for solutions.

September 2012

Drug swoops worry authorities

Davendra Sharma

A $500-million drug swoop in Australia and an undisclosed catch of cannabis in the Cook Islands in August have alarmed quarantine authorities and raised fears at how illegal drug traders have easy access into the region despite attempts to crack down on such illicit trade.

Series of arson attacks in French Polynesia

Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

PAPE’ETE, Tahiti (RADIO AUSTRALIA) ---- Police in French Polynesia are investigating a series of arson attacks on Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands.

Violence against women in Fiji touches all aspect of women's lives, survey finds

FWCC
Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

SUVA, Fiji (FWCC) --- A national survey of women in Fiji has found that more than three in five (64% of women) who had ever been in a relationship have experienced physical or sexual violence or both by a husband or intimate partner.

Drug import rises in Fiji, FRCA beefs up borders

FIJI TIMES
Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

SUVA, Fiji (FIJI TIMES) ---- The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority has confirmed the importation of drugs and other contraband through Suva's wharves.

Fake farmers swindle K300 million in PNG

THE NATIONAL
Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG (THE NATIONAL) ---- Bogus farmers swindled up to K300 million (US$143 million) from the National Agriculture Development Plan fund from 2009 to 2011, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has revealed.

February 2013

Litigation answer to maintenance of democracy?

Bob Makin

It may have something to do with the split personality of the condominium which saw the concurrent existence and legality of three separate legal codes in one jurisdiction.