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Sedition Cases In 2 West Courts

Several courts in the Western Division were crowded yesterday as groups of people charged with various counts of sedition and inciting communal antagonism appeared. Nadi 16 people, including two women
18 Aug 2015 10:08
Sedition Cases In 2 West Courts
Peniasi Naqau appeared at the Nadi Magistrate court yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Several courts in the Western Division were crowded yesterday as groups of people charged with various counts of sedition and inciting communal antagonism appeared.

Nadi 16 people, including two women from the Nadroga-Navosa province were remanded in custody by the Nadi magistrate court yesterday.

The group appeared before Resident Magistrate Siromi Turaga  charged with two counts of sedition under section 65 (2) (a) and inciting communal antagonism under 67 (1) (a) of the Crimes Decree 2009.

The sixteen people charged are: Ratu Inoke Tasere, Jimi Koroibete, Seru Kunalagi, Adi Cuvu Gavidi Atama, Ulaiasi Rabua Tuivono, Peniasi Naqau, Semi Tanikili, Ratu Osea Bolawaqatabu, Ratu Tevita Khaikhainabokolawale Makutu, Mosese Navaci, Eroni Rikoriko, Alifereti Nakuinivou, Alifereti Gonewai, Raicula Rokovou, Adi Vasemaca Veikunekibulu Gonewai and Jorama Ratulevu.

The court was told on October 10, 2014, the group did an act with a sedition intention signed document headed “Nadroga Navosa Sovereign Christian State” with a seditious intention of bringing into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the State.

On November, 4, 2014 they allegedly signed a document headed Nadroga-Navosa Sovereign Christian State – Provincial Institutions of Self Government.

They were represented by lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh who made a bail application.

He said that his clients were not a threat to the community or the public at large as of last year. He said his clients were prepared to adhere to the strict bail conditions.

State prosecutor Semi Babitu represented the state and asked the court to deny bail. He said it was on the grounds that it was in the public interest, more suspects were still at large and they could interfere as police were continuing their investigation.

Magistrate Turaga refused bail and the group was remanded in custody, the state was ordered to discharge disclosure and the case was adjourned.

Mr Singh said his clients preferred their case to be heard at the Lautoka High Court. Magistrate Turaga adjourned the case for mention at the Lautoka High court for August 26.

 

Tavua

Six more men have been charged with one count each of sedition and with one count each of urging political violence.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, has charged Salimoni Serau, Penasio Manasa Luqa, Joseva Caucau, Isireli Serewai, Rokoua Duatini and Filimoni Naloga.

The six accused were produced at the Tavua Magistrates Court yesterday before magistrate Samuela Qica. The defence counsel requested bail but the court told the defence to make a formal application.

The state asked for all six to be remanded in custody due to the seriousness of the charges and continuing Police investigations into the use of fi rearms.

All six have been remanded in custody and the matter has been adjourned to August 26 at the Rakiraki Magistrates Court.

 

Medical exam and opting for High Court

The Tavua magistrates court also yesterday allowed Saimoni Nacolawa, charged with sedition and inciting communal antagonism to undergo a medical examination.

Nacolawa along with two others Timoci Nagata and Pita Camaimoala Vakatawa were present in court before Magistrate Samuela Qica.

The defence counsel made a bail application for accused, Saimoni Nacolawa, citing medical grounds. The court informed the defence that it needed to make a formal bail application since the court had not granted him leave to apply for bail.

Defence then requested for a court order allowing Nacolawa to be taken for medical examination based on the grounds he had raised earlier.

The court also put to all accused persons their right to choose whether they will be tried in the Magistrates’ or the High Court since the charges are indictable and all accused persons opted for High Court trials.

The matter has been transferred to the Lautoka High Court for mention on September 1 and the three have been remanded in custody.

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