Academic expelled from Fiji

One of Australia's leading experts on Fiji has been given 24 hours to leave the Pacific nation after giving media interviews on the current political stand-off.

Professor Brij Lal's expulsion is the latest directive to come from Fiji's military regime, just a day after it gave similar marching orders to the top diplomats from Australia and New Zealand.

Prof Lal, a long-serving academic at Canberra's Australian National University, was taken into custody yesterday from his home in the Fijian capital of Suva.

There was no explanation for his detention, but it came shortly after Prof Lal gave comments to AAP and various other media outlets on Fiji's latest political drama.

He accused Fiji and its leader, self-appointed interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, of trying to boost the military's position in Fiji by ousting the Australian and New Zealand representatives.

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