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Trial Date Deferred For Sedition Case

Trial Date Deferred For Sedition Case
Businessman Jagath Karunaratne and his lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh make their way to court on July 20, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
July 21
13:34 2017

Opposition Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu and former businessman Jagath Karunaratne’s trial has been deferred to next Friday.

DPP lawyer, Lisiate Fotofili told the court yesterday that the second prosecution witness would not be able to attend the court as the witness is sick and could not move.

Opposition Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavo outside court in Suva on July 20, 2017.  Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

Opposition Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavo outside court in Suva on July 20, 2017.
Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

Karunaratne’s lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh and Bulitavu’s lawyer, Barbara Malimali said that they understood the reason and had no objections.

Karunaratne and Bulitavu are charged with allegedly writing seditious comments in public places in 2011.

The two have been alleged to have written on signboards between Nausori and Suva with the seditious intention of bringing hatred against the government in 2011.

The trial started in 2016 before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili, but Magistrate Ratuvili recused himself after a witness mentioned the late Reverend Manasa Lasaro’s name.

Magistrate Ratuvili said that late Reverend was a close relative therefore this would be a conflict of interest.

The trial will continue on July 28 before Magistrate Magistrate Deepika Prakash.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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