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Fiji Sun To Appeal Ruling

Mr Chand said reports about him published in 2008 including over possession of a gun, were inaccurate and defamatory.
27 Jun 2019 11:00
Fiji Sun To Appeal Ruling

The Fiji Sun is planning an appeal against a $60,000 defamation award against it by Suva High Court Justice Amaratunga.

The judge found in favour of Navua businessman Kewal Chand.

Mr Chand said reports about him published in 2008 including over possession of a gun, were inaccurate and defamatory.

The Fiji Sun said in defence that the reports were accurate based on the information received and were fair comment.

It was agreed that first defendant Maika Bolatiki (sued as editor) and second defendant Peter Lomas (sued as publisher) were not liable. They did not hold these positions at the time the articles were published.

The post holders from that time are no longer in Fiji.

But Justice Amaratunga found against Sun (Fiji) Limited, the newspaper’s owners. He also said while other news media might have carried reports in 2008 it was the Fiji Sun which was being sued.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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