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Naiqama’s Legal Team Given Time To Respond

Naiqama’s Legal Team  Given Time To Respond
January 19
10:44 2016

The High Court in Suva has given time to Defence to file their reply to the Attorney- General’s Office submissions in the case of constitutional redress of suspended Member of Parliament, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

Ratu Naiqama is challenging his two-year suspension from Parliament and the matter was heard yesterday in the High Court in Suva.

He was suspended on the grounds that he uttered a slur against the Speaker. Parliament had passed a motion to suspend Ratu Naiqama based on the recommendation of the Privileges Committee.

Queen’s Counsel Julian Moti and Simione Valenitabua appeared for Ratu Naiqama while Ruby-Ann Mani appeared for the Speaker to Parliament and the Attorney- General.

Mr Valenitabua yesterday told Chief Justice Anthony Gates that the defence had not had a chance to file a reply to the submission by the State.

Chief Justice Gates said on the last occasion, the State was given until December 31 last year to file their submission. Mr Valenitabua said the State had filed their submission on January 6, a week after the due date.

He also reasoned that due to the complexity of the submission they needed time to go through them and 10 days to file their reply.

He also asked the court for permission to file their reply by January 28 and to consider fixing a hearing date on February 25 instead of the January 21 initially set.Chief Justice Gates granted this and has adjourned the case to February 25 for hearing.

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