University of the South Pacific vice chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia has confirmed to The Fiji Times that he and his wife, Sandra Price, were deported and boarded on a flight to Brisbane, Australia, this morning.
The move has stirred a lot of interest and condemnation on social media from a wide cross section of the community.
Human rights activist and former human rights commissioner Shamima Ali labeled the forceful removal and deportation as “shameful, outrageous and not the Pacific way.”
National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said at a time when Fiji should be supporting victims of cyclones Yasa and Ana, Government was “instead focused its own petty jealousies”.
Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Viliame Gavoka condemned the alleged arrest and detention of Prof Ahluwalia and his wife as “barbaric treatment.”