, sometimes known as Patricia Jalal
, is a Fijian
lawyer and activist of Indian
descent, who serves as a human rights advisor to the United Nations Development Program
and as a member of the International Commission of Jurists
, a body of sixty eminent judges and lawyers, to which she was elected in May 2006.
Jalal is known as an outspoken opponent of the Military
regime that seized power
on 5 December 2006.
The Fiji Times
reported on 11 December that she had filed a complaint on 5 December, alleging that an anonymous male caller had threatened to publish embarrassing details about Jalal's personal life, if she did not stop opposing the Military junta that had taken power. "I am not pro-Qarase. I am pro-democracy and for the rule of law,"
quoted her as having said the previous day (10 December). She claimed that the call had been traced to a telephone box close to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks
The Fiji Sun
later clarified on 15 December that she accused the anonymous caller of threatening her with rape
. Military spokesman Major Neumi Leweni
denied any knowledge of the threats. On 19 December, the Fiji Sun
quoted Josaia Rasiga
, the Police Criminal Investigations Director, as saying that Jalal had lodged a complaint that was being investigated.
On 14 December, the Military administration terminated Jalal's membership of the board of Posts Fiji
. The Fiji Times reported on 20 December that she had refused to accept her... Read More