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6th Accused Signed Document with No Clue of Content, Court Told

  The sixth accused in the Nadroga-Navosa sedition case Peniasi Naqau told the Lautoka High Court yesterday that he had no idea what was written in the Nadroga-Navosa Sovereign Christian
26 Oct 2017 11:00
6th Accused Signed Document with No Clue of Content, Court Told

 

The sixth accused in the Nadroga-Navosa sedition case Peniasi Naqau told the Lautoka High Court yesterday that he had no idea what was written in the Nadroga-Navosa Sovereign Christian State document.

Naqau took the witness stand and told the court that he was instructed by the late Ratu Osea Gavidi to sign the document.

He also told the Court that he was just a representative of Nadroga-Navosa in the vanua based Government.

In cross examination, state Lawyer Lee Burney asked the accused if he was sworn in as a minister.

The accused told the court that he could not recall.

Mr Burney then asked the accused to read his caution interview which clearly stated that he was elected as the Minister for Fisheries and not as a representative of the vanua based government.

Mr Burney also pointed out from the caution interview that the accused was sworn in as minister and took oath.

Naqau in response told the Court that the main reason he signed the document was to return the ownership of land and natural resources to the iTaukei.

The accused also said that they wanted Fiji to be declared a Christian state and reinstall the Great Council of Chiefs.

Defence lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh in cross examination asked Naqau whether he knew anyone by the name of Mereoni Kirwin and whether he had any planning of establishing the Nadroga-Navosa Christian state.

The accused denied having anything to do with the planning or knowing any dealings between Mereoni Kirwin and Ratu Osea Gavidi.

Defence lawyer Sala Kunatuba did not ask any questions.

Filimoni Vosarogo, lawyer for the sixth accused, then asked his client whether he had ever read the Constitution of Fiji to which he replied no.

The defence case finished yesterday. The closing submissions will be presented today at 11am at the Lautoka High Court.

Judge Justice Sunil Sharma will then give his closing remarks before the assessors tomorrow.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

Feedback:  kathrin.krishna@fijisun.com.fj

 



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