Munro Leys Withdraws As Fiji Times Legal Adviser In Alleged Incitement Case
Suva firm Munro Leys yesterday withdrew as legal representatives for Fiji Times Limited, publisher Hank Arts and editor-in-chief Fred Wesley in a case of inciting communal antagonism before the Suva Magistrates Court.
New lawyer for Arts, Wesley and the Fiji Times Limited is Faizal Haniff of Haniff Tuitoga Lawyers.
Munro Leys had withdrawn as lawyers for Nai Lalakai editor- Anare Ravula when the matter was called on August 31. Ravula’s new lawyer is Nancy Choo of R Patel Lawyers. Representing Josaia Waqabaca is Aman Ravendra Singh.
Mr Haniff appeared for Arts, Wesley and Fiji Times in this matter which stems from an article written in Nai Lalakai on April 27, 2016, the content for which read:
The content read: “Ko ira na Musulomani era sega ni taukei kei Viti, sai ira nai lawalawa oqo era a curu botea na vanua eso ka dua vei ira ko Bangladesh mai Idia, kara vei vakamatei kina, kucuvi na nodra yalewa, ra vakararawataki na gone me yacova sara nira sa lewa ka sa nodra tu edaidai”
(Translated as “Muslims are not the indigenous of this country. These are people that have invaded other nations, for example, Bangladesh in India, where they killed, raped and abused their women and children. Today they have gone to the extent of having a part in the running of the country”).
The former lawyers of the accused had filed an application for bail variation for Arts on August 31.
State lawyer Yogesh Prasad yesterday filed an affidavit to oppose the application.
Hearing of this matter – the bail variation application would be held before Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne on October 6.
A plea is also expected to be taken on the same date.
Munro Leys lawyers have previously represented Fiji Times and Wesley at a contempt of court proceeding in 2012. In that matter, Wesley was handed a suspended sentence and Fiji Times Limited was fined $300,000.
The same firm is currently representing Fiji Times Limited in a matter brought against the Solicitor-General for awarding Fiji Sun exclusive rights to publish Government advertising.
Edited by Maraia Vula