Bainimarama condemns ‘shameful’ act on former CJ

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Former Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama delivers his eulogy during the funeral service of late Chief Justice Kamal Kumar held at the Girmit Centre in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

The manner in which the late Justice Kamal Kumar was treated over the past 11 months was an “abomination”, says former prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

While speaking at the funeral of the former chief justice in Lautoka yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said “it was a shameful act on some people’s part”.

He said when they spoke in the last few months he “could sense his embarrassment in the knowledge that he had friends and people who could talk on his behalf but retreated”.

“That is the story of our lives.”

Mr Bainimarama said this made things worse for the late chief justice who passed away on November 21 after a short illness.

“The various conspiracies engineered against him are shameful and I personally thank those that have stood by our chief justice and who have supported him while he fought the good fight.”

The former PM said Justice Kumar “could have taken the easy way out and resigned” but fought hard to clear his name against allegations right up to his untimely death.

Justice Kumar was suspended from his post in January this year.

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