In March, lawyers for the current government argued that the December military coup [JURIST report] was legal because Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] had reserve powers permitting him to dismiss the government and appoint new leaders. Qarase brought suit [JURIST report] in October 2007, saying that the coup which ousted him was illegal and was orchestrated by the armed forces chief and current self-appointed prime minister. Less than two days after December's coup, a previous interim prime minister installed by the military characterized the coup as "illegal" [JURIST report], but defended it as necessary. That case was heard by a three-judge panel led by Acting Chief Justice Anthony Gates, who was appointed [press release] after Bainimarama suspended former Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki [JURIST report].
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