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No Travel for MP Bulitavu: Court

No Travel for MP Bulitavu: Court
Mosese Bulitavu
September 01
11:34 2015

Parliamentarian Mosese Bulitavu has been denied travel abroad by the Suva Magistrates Court, in ongoing sedition proceedings against him.

Bulitavu is facing sedition charges contrary to section 66 (1) (i) and 67 (1) (a) of the Crimes Decree 2009.

The matter was called at the Suva Magistrates Court before Chief Magistrate, Mr Usaia Ratuvili, yesterday.

The application for bail variation for Bulitavu to leave the country in September 2015 was refused by the court citing that the application lacked material details that would have enabled the court to make a proper assessment as to whether bail should be granted or not.

The State also made an application in court to withdraw charges against accused Waisale Daganayasi, Usaia Koroi and Eroni Takape pursuant to section 169 (2)

(b) (ii) of the Criminal Procedures Decree (CPD). The same was granted by the court and the three have been discharged by the court.

The State then made an application pursuant to section 182 of the (CPD) to amend the charges against accused Jagath Karunaratne and Bulitavu. The 2 same was served to both accused.

The State also informed the court that immunity has been granted to Waisale Daganayasi, Usaia Koroi and Eroni Takape and that Police statements will be

obtained from them soon and disclosed to the Defence before trial proper begins.

The three will be called as prosecution witnesses for the trial proper.

The court ordered the State and the Defence to file submissions in relation to voir dire disclosures and the matter has been adjourned to Wednesday 2 September 2015 for ruling and voir dire trial.



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