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CCF pleads not guilty

By ARISHMA DEVI The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) Limited’s counsel yesterday submitted a plea of not guilty of contempt of court before Justice William Callanchini at the High Court of
06 Oct 2012 09:44

Citizens’ Constitutional Forum director Reverend Akuila Yabaki outside the Suva courthouse yesterday. Photo: RAMA

By ARISHMA DEVI

The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) Limited’s counsel yesterday submitted a plea of not guilty of contempt of court before Justice William Callanchini at the High Court of Fiji at Suva.
The contents of an article published in the April 2012 edition of Tutaka, the quarterly letter of the CCF, is the subject of the alleged contempt proceedings.
Justice Callanchini has further adjourned the matter to October 18 in the presence of CCF’s executive director Reverend Akuila Yabaki and its lawyer John Apted.
Earlier on, the High Court granted leave to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to start contempt proceedings against the Forum and  Yabaki.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum had then said the contempt of court proceedings arose out of an article which was published in the April 2012 edition of Tutaka, the quarterly newsletter of the CCF.
The proceedings have been instituted against the Forum as the proprietor and publisher of Tutaka, and Yabaki, as its editor.
The article published by the Forum and Yabaki in Tutaka, contain the words and statements which, essentially, allegedly scandalised the courts in Fiji.
The proceedings against the Forum and its chief executive were further recalled in the High Court on July 27.
They were yesterday given 42 days to file their defence submission upon the request of the defence counsel.




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