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Alleged sedition trial continues into second day

May 1, 2018 1:15 am

The alleged sedition trial involving the Fiji Times and its editors has entered its second day at the Suva High court.

Writer Josaia Waqabaca, Nai Lalakai Editor Anare Ravula, Editor in Chief, Fred Wesley and Publisher Hank Arts are on trial for alleged sedition and aiding and abetting.

During cross examination this morning, Defence lawyer, Wylie Clarke asked the state witness permanent secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua, on whether he had taken any steps to alert Nai Lalakai about the concerns.

Katonitabua told the Court he had sent an email to the Fiji Times and Nai Lalakai in relation to the article published on April 27th in 2016.

However, Clark says there were no evidence of any email sent to Nai Lalakai or the Fiji Times in relation to the article.

Katonitabua says their IT personnels are looking at retrieving the email he had sent and this is expected to take three days.

He also said in court that two months later he decided to report the matter to police when he didn’t receive any response.

Katonitabua says he verbally informed his line Minister that he had lodged a complaint to the police.

Writer Josaia Waqabaca is charged with one count of sedition and it is alleged that between the 20th and 27th April 2016 he did a seditious act and submitted an article in the Nai Lalakai newspaper which could have caused an ill-will and hostility between the population of Fiji particularly the Muslims and the Non-Muslims.

Nai Lalakai Editor Anare Ravula is charged with one count of aiding and abetting and it is alleged that he aided Publisher Hank Arts to publish an article which was a seditious publication.

Editor in Chief, Fred Wesley is charged with one count of aiding and abetting and it is alleged that he aided Publisher Hank Arts to publish an article which was a seditious publication.

Arts is charged with one count of sedition and it is alleged that he published an article on 27th April which could have caused an ill-will and hostility between the population of Fiji particularly the Muslims and the Non-Muslims.

The trial continues before High court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe.