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Judgment on Monday for column writer Josaia Waqabaca

High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe has sought three more days to complete his judgment on the constitutional redress case filed by the lawyer of Nai Lalakai column writer, Josaia
16 Mar 2018 10:18
Judgment on Monday for column writer Josaia Waqabaca
Josaia Waqabaca.

High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe has sought three more days to complete his judgment on the constitutional redress case filed by the lawyer of Nai Lalakai column writer, Josaia Waqabaca.

Waqabaca’s lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh, failed to appear in court yesterday when the case was called for judgment to be delivered.

Justice Rajasinghe informed the lawyer representing the Attorney-General’s Office that the judgment was not ready and that he needed more time.

Waqabaca was questioned about the whereabouts of his lawyer. He told Justice Rajasinghe that he was trying to get in touch with Mr Singh but was unsuccessful.

In response Justice Rajasinghe said the court clerks were trying to contact his lawyer to inform him that the judgment would be delivered on Monday, however they could not get through to him also.

Waqabaca’s bail was extended and the case was adjourned for judgment on Monday, March 19, 2018.

A motion was filed in the Civil Registry by Mr Singh challenging the wordings in his client’s sedition charge, which he claims contradicted Section 17 of the Constitution for Freedom of Speech.

Waqabaca is also charged with sedition alongside Fiji Times executives Anare Ravula, Fred Wesley and Hank Arts in a criminal action.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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