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Unions Saga: 29 Former Water Authority of Fiji Workers Granted Bail

The 29 workers have been charged with unlawful assembly and not responding to Police orders to disperse.
04 May 2019 12:04
Unions Saga: 29 Former Water Authority of Fiji Workers Granted Bail

Twenty-nine former Water Authority of Fiji workers were granted bail by Lautoka Magistrate Sekonaia Vodokisolomone yesterday.

The 29 workers have been charged with unlawful assembly and not responding to Police orders to disperse.

Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Paul Taito strongly objected to bail.

He said the case was primarily of national interest and it was for the protection of the community.

Defence lawyer Mark Anthony asked the court to grant bail for the 29 accused because they are all first offenders.

Mr Anthony said there was no evidence that they were a threat to the public and they were all hard-working members of society with young families to feed.

All accused WAF workers were granted bail on strict conditions by the court.

Apart from each person having a surety with a cash bond of $100, a curfew has also been set for 6pm to 6am.

They were told to surrender their passports and other travel documents.

All 29 must also report to the Lautoka Police Station every Saturday between 8am to 6pm.

They will reappear on May 24th for plea.

Edited by Percy Kean

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