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Jale Baba Misses Court Because Of Severe Stroke

Court grants defence time for accused to recover. The case involving SODELPA member, Jale Baba, has been adjourned to November 22 because of medical grounds. Baba is charged by the
01 Nov 2018 13:41
Jale Baba Misses Court Because Of Severe Stroke
Jale Baba outside Court on October 25, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Court grants defence time for accused to recover.

The case involving SODELPA member, Jale Baba, has been adjourned to November 22 because of medical grounds.

Baba is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count of making a false statement.

Representing Baba yesterday in the Suva Magistrates Court, Lynda Tabuya told Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekara that Baba had suffered a severe stroke and was currently admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s emergency ward.

She also said Baba was unable to speak or move because of the severe stroke he suffered.

It is alleged that between August 1, 2018, and October 15, 2018, in Suva, Baba made false statements on social media by publishing falsified voter lists and other false information related to the voter lists on Facebook, which he knew to be false or had no reason to believe to be true.

Ms Tabuya then sought for time from the court to allow Baba to receive proper treatment while he was admitted in the hospital.

She asked if the court could excuse him until he was able to appear in court.

She also told the court that the medical form and reports were submitted to the court and served to the State prosecution.

She then asked the court to consider his medical condition and give Baba time for a full recovery.

FICAC’s lawyer Josanne Pene told the court that the second phase of disclosures were filed and served to the court and the defence. She had no objections to the defence seeking time for the accused to recover.

Ms Tabuya however objected to the second phase of disclosures and said there were some elements missing from the disclosures. She said that in the second phase of disclosures, the complainant in the matter was not listed while other witnesses had given their statement.

Ms Tabuya said Baba had the right to know who had accused him and requested the prosecution to file the complainant’s statement.

The matter was adjourned for mention.

 Edited by Naisa Koroi

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