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Two More Front Court

Two more people appeared at the Lautoka Magistrate Court yesterday on sedition-related charges. Livai Talemaicakaudrove, 49, and Tomasi Malumu, 43, both appeared before Magistrate Rangajeeva Wimalasena. The two were charged
08 Sep 2015 10:52
Two More Front Court
Some of the 16 sedition charged at the High Court in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Luke Nacei

Two more people appeared at the Lautoka Magistrate Court yesterday on sedition-related charges.

Livai Talemaicakaudrove, 49, and Tomasi Malumu, 43, both appeared before Magistrate Rangajeeva Wimalasena.

The two were charged with one count each of sedition contrary to section 67 (1) (a) and one count each of urging political violence, contrary to section 65 (1) (b) of the Crimes Decree 2009.

They were represented by lawyer Mark Anthony of Aman Ravindra Singh lawyers while DPP lawyer Josaia Niudamu represented the State.

Mr Anthony applied for bail but the State objected saying they posed a public security risk.

Mr Anthony asked the court if the matter could be transferred to the High Court in Lautoka.

The matter will be called on September 18.

 

14 in Lautoka High Court

Meanwhile in a separate case 14 men appeared at the High Court in Lautoka also charged with one count of sedition and one count of inciting communal antagonism.

The 14 accused persons are Ratu Inoke Tasere, Jimi Koroibete, Seru Kunalagi, Ulaiasi Rabua Tuivono, Peniasi Naqau, Semi Tanikili, Ratu Osea Bolawaqatabu, Ratu Tevita Khaikhainabokolawale Makutu, Mosese Navaci, Eroni Rikoriko, Alifereti Nakuinivou, Alifereti Gonewai, Raicula Rokovou and Jorama Ratulevu.

Adi Vasemaca Veikunekibulu and Adi Cuvu Gavidi were the two that were not present in court.

The group appeared before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe and was represented by lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh while the State was represented by DPP Lawyer Josaia Niudamu.

 

Charges

The group is charged with one count each of sedition contrary to section 65 (2) (a) and one count of inciting communal antagonism under 67 (1) (a) of the crimes decree 2009.

Mr Singh asked the court if his voir dire could be extended for another two weeks as it was difficult to get hold of five of his clients.

Justice Thushara Rajasinghe advised Mr Singh to file proper application and if it was difficult to get an affidavit then the court would intervene.

Mr Singh then made application for bail but DPP lawyer Josaia Niudamu requested for seven days to respond to the bail application.

Justice Rajasinghe has set the bail hearing for September 16.

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