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Sedition Case Motions Filed

Sedition Case Motions Filed
September 17
12:14 2015

Motions were filed by the lawyers for 16 people charged with sedition related-charges who appeared at the High Court in Lautoka yesterday.

The 16 accused persons 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.

Each of the 16 accused are charged each with one count sedition contrary to section 67 (1) (a) of the Crimes Degree 2009 and one count of inciting communal antagonism contrary to section 65 (2) (a) of the Crimes Decree 2009.

They appeared before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe and were represented by lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh while the state was represented by ODPP lawyer Semi Babitu.

Mr Singh filed three motions, the first for the alleged violation of human rights of  Ratu Tevita Khaikhainabokolawale Makutu, Peniasi  Naqau and Ulaiasi Rabua Tuivono,the second for  the alleged unlawful detainment of the two accused Adi Cuvu Gavidi Atama and Adi Vasemaca Veikunekibulu Gonewai while the third motion was for the bail application of the 16 accused.

The court heard that the  first motion  for the alleged violation of human rights of  Ratu Tevita Khaikhainabokolawale Makutu, Peniasi  Naqau and Ulaiasi Rabua Tuivono was made yesterday .

ODPP lawyer Mr Babitu  was given seven days to file their affidavit reply

The court also heard the second  motion regarding the alleged unlawful detention of Adi Cuvu Gavidi Atama and Adi VasemacaVeikunekibulu Gonewai from September 9-16.

Justice Rajasinghe asked  the  State how the extension of the arrest warrant was granted without the knowledge of the court and why the two women were not produced on  September 7. Mr Babitu said he was not aware about who signed the extension for the arrest warrant and said that the two women were not produced on time because of the lack of transport.

Mr. Singh requested for an investigation be carried out to determine who had granted the order for extension of the arrest warrant.

Justice Rajasinghe ruled for the matter of both the first and second motion to be heard on September 23. The court heard the third motion which was the bail application for all the accused.

Mr Singh said the affidavit would be put in by Thursday and requested for the matter to be called this Friday.

Justice Rajasinghe has set the hearing for this Friday.



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