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Not Guilty, Plead Nadroga Group

Not Guilty, Plead Nadroga Group
Police officers escort some of sedition accused in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
August 27
10:28 2015

The 16 people from the Nadroga Navosa province charged with sedition and inciting communal antagonism have pleaded not guilty.

The group, which includes two women, were further remanded in custody yesterday by the High Court in Lautoka.

The sixteen people charged are Ratu Inoke Tasere, Jimi Koroibete, Seru Kunalagi, Adi Cuvu Gavidi Atama, Ulaiasi Rabua Tuivono, Peniasi Naqau, Semi Tanikili, Ratu Osea Bolawaqatabu, Ratu Tevita Khaikhainabokolawale Makutu, Mosese Navaci, Eroni Rikoriko, Alifereti Nakuinivou, Alifereti Gonewai, Raicula Rokovou, Adi Vasemaca Veikunekibulu Gonewai and Jorama Ratulevu.

The court heard that the group were involved in certain activities against the State in the province last year.

The court heard that on October 10, 2014 the group allegedly did an act with a sedition intention signed document headed “Nadroga Navosa Sovereign Christian State”, with a seditious intention of bringing into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the State.

The group were represented by lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh who sought an early trial date but was informed that the court had no available dates this year.

He said his clients were being charged without fundamental human rights and violation, including no visitation from family members.

Mr Singh said their bail application was ready and would be filed.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) lawyer, Semi Babitu, representing the state, told the court that information and disclosures had been filed and served to all accused persons.

The matter has been adjourned to September 7 for Voir Dire grounds.

All accused persons have been further remanded in custody and not allowed visitation from families except visit by the defence lawyers in privacy only.

Justice Rajasinghe said he would not make an inquiry to the visitation issue since it was not of his jurisdiction.



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