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Hank Arts denied travel a second time

Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts was denied bail variation applications to allow him to travel to New Zealand. The decision was made by Justice Thushara Rajasinghe at the High Court
26 Jan 2017 10:39
Hank Arts denied travel a second time
Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts (middle) outside court in Suva yesterday. Photo: Monica Aguilar

Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts was denied bail variation applications to allow him to travel to New Zealand.

The decision was made by Justice Thushara Rajasinghe at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Arts had asked to travel to New Zealand to attend his step-daughter’s wedding next month. This is the second application to be rejected by the court. The first was on October 14, last year at the Suva Magistrates Court where he asked the court to visit his grandchildren and for a medical review.

The judge questioned the sureties offered and Arts having New Zealand citizenship as well as Fijian.

Arts is charged with Josaia Waqabaca, Anare Ravula, Fred Wesley, and the Fiji Times Ltd for inciting communal antagonism.

It is alleged that they made, or caused to be published, a statement in the iTaukei language in the Nai Lalakai newspaper.

The statement was likely to incite dislike, hatred, or alleged to be antagonism of the Muslim community.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  monica.aguilar@fijisun.com.fj

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