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Alleged sedition trial to continue next week

July 20, 2017 12:20 am

Opposition Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu and former businessman Jagath Karunaratne’s retrial will resume next Friday.

DPP lawyer, Lisiate Fotofili informed the Magistrates court this morning that they will be unable to resume with the case as one of the witnesses is still sick.

Karunaratne’s lawyer, Aman Ravindra Singh and Bulitavu’s lawyer, Barbara Malimali did not raise any objections.

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Karunaratne and Bulitavu are charged in relation to allegedly writing seditious comments in public places five years ago.

They’re alleged to have written on signboards between Nausori and Suva with the seditious intention of bringing hatred or contempt for or to execute disaffection against the government in 2011.

The trial initially started before Chief Magistrate , Usaia Ratuvili last year however Magistrate Ratuvili recused himself after a witness mentioned Late Reverend Manasa Lasaro’s name.

Magistrate Ratuvili declared his possible conflict of interest saying the late Reverend was a close relative.

The trial will continue next Friday.

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