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Judge Defers Ruling In Fiji Times Case

  The ruling on the amendment of the information regarding the Fiji Times alleged sedition case has been deferred for the second time in the Suva High Court. Judge Justice
29 Mar 2018 10:00
Judge Defers Ruling In Fiji Times Case
Fiji Times Editor-in-Chief Fred Wesley and Fiji Times Publisher Hank Arts. Photo: Fonua Talei

 

The ruling on the amendment of the information regarding the Fiji Times alleged sedition case has been deferred for the second time in the Suva High Court.

Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe informed all counsels that he needed more time to prepare the ruling because he was engaged in another trial and that he would be in Labasa in the coming week.

The case was then adjourned for ruling on the matter on April 9, 2018.

Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Lee Burney told Justice Rajasinghe that he would be out of the country on that date and that another counsel would be instructed to appear in court.

Justice Rajasinghe also informed defence counsels that there was a notice of motion filed by Mr Burney which was pending before the court.

He then informed them that he would give directions on the next court date for submissions to be made regarding the motion and for a hearing to be scheduled thereafter before trial begins on April 30, 2018 to May 4, 2018.

Accused Nai-Lalakai column writer Josaia Waqabaca appeared with his lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh, Nai-Lalakai Editor Anare Ravula was represented by Devanesh Sharma, Fiji Times Editor-in-Chief Fred Wesley and Fiji Times Publisher Hank Arts were represented by Wylie Clarke while the newspaper company was represented by Nicholas Barnes.

Bail was extended for all the accused men.

Charges

It is alleged that between April 20-27, 2016 in Suva, Waqabaca wrote and submitted an article for publication in the Nai Lalakai newspaper and in the article made a statement with a seditious intention to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different classes of the population of Fiji.

It is alleged that on April 27, 2016 in his capacity as the editor of the Nai Lalakai newspaper the second accused Ravula aided and abetted, Arts; the publisher, to publish an article which contained a statement which was a seditious publication.

It is alleged that on April 27, 2016 in his capacity as the editor-in-chief of the Nai Lalakai newspaper Wesley also aided and abetted Arts to publish an article which contained a statement which was a seditious publication.

It is alleged that on April 27, 2016 in his capacity as the publisher of the Nai Lalakai newspaper Arts published an article which contained a statement which was a seditious publication.

It is alleged that on April 27, 2016 Fiji Times Limited printed the Nai Lalakai newspaper which contained an article which contained a statement which was a seditious publication.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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