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Sedition Case Moved To High Court

Sedition Case Moved To High Court
Few of the sedition charged escorted by Police at the Tavua Magistrates Court . Photo: Salote Qalubau
August 27
10:26 2015

Another 36 people being charged with sedition have been remanded in Police custody to appear at the High Court in Lautoka.

The group appeared at the Tavua Magistrates Court yesterday before Magistrate Samuela Qica charged with one count of sedition and one count of urging political violence.

The accused include: Marika Qalo, Manueli Nadakula, Jese Vatusumu, Tevita Damudamu, Viliame Baravilala, Isaia Driu, Samuela Nabenia, Ilaitia Korolala, Semi Uqeuqe, Meli Nasalasala, Timoci Nacolatabisa, Mosese Tawake, Esa Naimure, Jone Fatiaki, Vive Naiyo, Qalitia Vakacegu, Inoke Navunilagi, Tomasi Madigibuli, Viliame Nasau, Tomasi Madigibuli, Mitieli Raituku, Vosavosa Tuinakoro, Maciu Uto, Vetaia Dale, Fonamanu Maresio, Temesi Waqa, Sevanaia Qaranivalu, Matereti Vunisa, Ilaitia Korolala, Salimoni Serau, Penasio Manasa Luqa, Joseva Caucau, Isireli Serewai, Rokoua Duatini, Filimoni Naloga and Apenisa Tanuku.

The court heard that all the accused have been served with disclosures by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) lawyer.

The 36 accused were represented by the lawyer, Mark Anthony, of Aman Ravindra Singh Lawyers.

Mr Anthony was unable to attend the sitting because he was attending another case of similar matter at the High Court in Lautoka.

All the accused requested that their case be transferred to the High Court in Lautoka, which Magistrate Qica granted.

The group will re-appear at the High Court in Lautoka on September 8 for mention.

Meanwhile, the bail ruling for Saimoni Nacolawa, Pita Gaunimoala and Tevita Nagata is set for Monday.

Justice Aruna Aluthge made the bail ruling yesterday at the High Court in Lautoka. They are also being charged with one count of sedition and inciting communal antagonism.

They are being represented by Mr Anthony while the State was represented by DPP lawyer, Semi Babitu.

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