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Two More In Court For Sedition charge

Two More In Court For Sedition charge
Jolame Turagabeci (left) and Sanaila Mariqama appeared at the Tavua Magistrates Court yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
September 01
11:35 2015

Two more men appeared at the Tavua Magistrates Court yesterday in relation to sedition charges.

Sanaila Mariqama and Jolame Turagabeci appeared before Magistrate Samuela Qica charged with one count each of sedition contrary to section 67 (1) (a) and one count each of urging political violence, contrary to section 65 (1) (b) of the Crimes Decree 2009.

They were represented by lawyer Jiten Reddy on the instruction of Aman Ravindra Singh Lawyers while Offi ce of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) lawyer Semi Babitu represented the State.

He said the first disclosures had been served to the accused while the full disclosure will be served latter.

The State asked for both men to be remanded in custody because of the seriousness of the charges and continuing Police investigations into allegation of use of fi rearms.

Mr Reddy told the court that he is not fi ling bail application, but asked the case to be moved to the High Court.

The case has been adjourned for first call at the Lautoka High Court on September 8. Meanwhile, Saimoni Nacolawa, another accused,   was granted bail on strict conditions yesterday by the High Court in Lautoka yesterday.

Nacolawa, a lawyer, appeared with Timoci Nagata and Pita Vakatawa before Justice Alugthe for bail ruling.

They were represented by Mark Anthony of Aman Ravidra Singh Lawyers while DPP lawyer Semi Babitu represented the State. Mr Anthony told the court that there are no weapons yet found and there is lack of evidence against

Nacolawa and taking into consideration of his elderly condition and his legal practice. Mr Babitu objected saying there is a possible involvement of fi rearms.

The court heard nothing found as yet. Justice Alugthe granted bail for Nacolawa on the condition that he surrenders his travelling documents, curfew from 6pm-6am, not to interfere with witnesses and report to Lautoka Police Station on Saturdays.

Nagata and Vakatawa were remanded in Police custody.


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