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Accused Columnist Seeks High Court View on Constitution

Fiji Times vernacular newspaper Nai Lalakai col­umnist Josaia Waqabaca, who is charged with one count of sedition appeared before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe in the Suva High Court yesterday. Defence Lawyer
27 Jan 2018 11:00
Accused Columnist Seeks High Court View on Constitution
From left: Fiji Times columnist Josaia Waqabaca with Lawyer Aman Ravindra- Singh (with bag) on January 26, 2018. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu

Fiji Times vernacular newspaper Nai Lalakai col­umnist Josaia Waqabaca, who is charged with one count of sedition appeared before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe in the Suva High Court yesterday.

Defence Lawyer Aman Ravindra- Singh filed an applica­tion for a constitutional redress under the Fijian Constitu­tion stating that this allows the freedom of speech, expres­sion and publication.

In his argument, Mr Ravindra–Singh said that his client’s freedom of speech was violated and they were seeking re­dress from the High Court.

Lawyers from the Attorney-General’s chambers Bhavna Narayan and Alvin Prakash filed a notice of motion and summon to strike out the defence application.

Lawyers have filed that the application is an abuse of pro­cess.

Ms Narayan also informed Justice Rajasinghe that the criminal court would not be bound by the constitutional redress.

She said they also had no objection to take the opportu­nity to look at the application.

Justice Rajasinghe ordered seven days for defence coun­cil to file an affidavit in response by February 2nd and both parties to file submissions in response by February 9th.

He adjourned the matter to be heard on February 13.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj



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