Friday, 10 August 2007 8:08 AM

Court of Appeal Dismisses Afeau's Case

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by former Attorney-General, Primo Afeau, who was terminated from the post last year.

The court ruled that the Judicial and Legal Services Commission was entitled to accept the validity of the Prime Minister's advice to the Commission to remove the former Attorney-General.

In its ruling delivered yesterday, the Court of Appeal found that Mr Afeau's removal from the post of Attorney-General was lawful. The Court of Appeal held that the appointment and termination of an Attorney-General are at the discretion of the ruling government, and the power to dismiss an Attorney-General must be implied under section 42-two of the constitution.

Mr Afeau had claimed that his removal from the top job was unlawful and challenged it in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.