Crime & Court

10 Out Of 14 Who Were Convicted And Sentenced Withdraw Their Appeal

The 10 people had appealed against their conviction and sentence, however, the court heard that they wished to withdraw their appeal because they had already served their jail terms and wished to move on in life.
19 Feb 2020 13:47
10 Out Of 14 Who Were Convicted And Sentenced Withdraw Their Appeal
From top left: Nanise Nagusuca, Sulueti Waqalala, Samuela Ligabalavu, Ulaiyasi Tuivomo and Mikaele Gonerara outside court after their appeal withdrawal case hearing on February 18, 2020. From bottom left: Emosi Toga, Sailasa Malani, Laisiasa Mocevakaca, Josefa Natau and Waisea Dualima outside court after their appeal withdrawal case hearing on February 18, 2020. Photos: Ronald Kumar

Ten out of 14 people, who were convicted and sentenced the sedition charges, have withdrawn their appeal.

The matter was called in the Fiji Court of Appeal before Judges Justice Suresh Chandra and Justice Priyantha Nawana yesterday.

The 10 people had appealed against their conviction and sentence, however, the court heard that they wished to withdraw their appeal because they had already served their jail terms and wished to move on in life.

They are Sailasa Wairoaroa Malani, Nanise Kasami Nagusuca, Waisea Dualima, Samuela Ligabalavu, Mikaele Gonerara, Emosi Toga, Josefa Natau, Sulueti Waqalala, Laisiasa Mocevakaca and Ulaiyasi Rabua Tuivomo.

Along with the above mentioned, are Sereima Adidave Rokodi, Waisake Ralaca, Isikeli Kabakoro, and Apolosi Qalilawa, who had also apater serving their term.

The court heard that Rokodi has died and Ralaca was in hospital while the other two were not present in court.

Justice Chandra and Justice Nawana granted the withdrawal applications and dismissed the appeal for 10 of the 14 people.

The matter will be recalled on February 26 for Ralaca, Kabakoro and Qalilawa to appear in court for their withdrawal on appeal application.
Background:

In September, 2017, they were convicted and sentenced for signing the Uluda Declaration, Ra Petition to International Court of Justice and Ra Sovereign Christian State documents.

They were charged with sedition contrary to section 67 (1) (a) of the Crimes Act 2009 in relation to the alleged Ra sovereign Christian state matter.

All of them were charged and convicted for two counts each of sedition except Nanise Kasami Nagusuca and Waisea Dualima who were charged and convicted for four counts each of sedition.

Edited by Percy Kean

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