By Josefa Babitu in Suva
The greenlight has been given to University of the South Pacific vice-chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, and Dr Padma Lal, to return to Fiji by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.
Exiled Professor Ahluwalia currently resides in Samoa and Dr Lal in Australia.
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Rabuka has made it clear today that both of them are free to enter the country.
“I am ready to meet Dr Lal and Professor Ahluwalia personally,” he said.
“I will apologise on behalf of the people of Fiji for the way they were treated.”
Dr Lal had been prevented from coming to Fiji with her husband’s ashes for them to be taken to his birthplace at Tabia, near Labasa.
Today marks the first anniversary of Professor Lal’s death.
Rabuka said prohibition orders against Professor Brij Lal and Dr Lal, as well as Professor Ahluwalia, were “unreasonable and inhumane” and should never have been made.
He had promised his government would bring to an end the injustices suffered by Professor Ahluwalia, and Professor Lal.
“I received a clarification today from the Department of Immigration that neither Dr Padma Lal nor Professor Ahluwalia were the subject of written prohibition orders,” he said.
Josefa Babitu is a Fiji Sun reporter. Republished from the Fiji Sun.