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Witnesses Tell Court Of Bid To Form A Christian State

A State witness told the court yesterday that a sedition accused made a presentation to four Ra chiefs to get their approval for a rival government to be set up
17 Aug 2017 09:53
Witnesses Tell Court Of Bid To Form A Christian State
From Right- Ilisapeci Natau, Sereima Adidare Rokodi and Nanise Kesami Nagusuca coming out of the Lautoka High Court Room Number 1 yesterday. PHOTO: KATHRIN KRISHNA.

A State witness told the court yesterday that a sedition accused made a presentation to four Ra chiefs to get their approval for a rival government to be set up in October, 2014.

The witness, Waisake Naqila, the assistant Roko Tui Ra, said Mereoni Corokula made the presentation.

He was giving evidence at the High Court in Lautoka as the trial proper began yesterday of 16 people charged with sedition.

It is alleged the 16 wanted to form the Ra Sovereign Christian State.

Mr Naqila told the court that the group had two meetings, one on October 21 and the second on October 28, 2014.

Mr Naqila said he did not know the 10 people who were at the meeting apart from Nanise Nagusuca.

During cross examination by the defence, defence lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh asked Mr Naqila whether he knew the agenda of the meeting to which he replied he had no idea about what the meeting would be about.

Mr Naqila also mentioned that he did not know whether  Corokula was invited to speak at the meeting or it was planned for her to speak.

He confirmed that Corokula made an oral presentation to the chiefs seeking approval to gather support for a rival government.

The court also heard that other matters discussed were the name Fijian and the iQoliqoli rights for indigenous Fijians.

Second state witness Apenisa Kalokalo Loki, told the court that he travelled all the way from Suva to be part of the meetings.

He also told the court that the meeting happened at the Tui Navitilevu’s residence.

He added that at the presentation Corokula made a presentation explaining the court procedures In the International Court of Justice in England.

He mentioned that Corokula explained that she had gone to England to argue about the matter but was unsuccessful.

He also said that the attendees signed a page which had the attendance of everyone present.

He said that the group also formed the constitution which was the Ten Commandments from the Bible.

He also told the court that Corokula conducted the swearing-in of the president of the Ra Province Sovereign State.

He said the Tui Navitilevu was sworn in as the president and then the president swore Corokula in as the Attorney- General.

Mr Loki said he only recognised Nagusuca and Pastor Ganilau at the meeting.

During defence cross examination, defence lawyer Kevueli Tunidau asked Mr Loki if he knew the agenda of the meeting and he said he was not aware.

Mr Loki said he wanted to be part of the meeting because being a Methodist he was interested in the constitution which was the Ten Commandments from the Bible.

The sixteen accused who deny the charges are: Ratu Epeli Niudamu, Sailasa Malani, Sereima Rokodi, Nanise Nagusuca, Waisea Duailima, Isikeli Kabakoro, Laisiasa Mocevakaca, Emosi Toga, Waisake Racaca, Samuela Ligabalavu, Mikaele Gonerara, Josefa Natau, Sulueti Waqalala, Ulaiyasi Rabua Tuivomo, Apolosi Qalilawa and Ilisapeci Natau.

The trial continues today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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