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Court sets new date in sedition case

February 1, 2016 5:39 pm

The first group of men and women from Ra who were charged with sedition and inciting communal antagonism to the alleged Ra sovereign Christian state matter, appeared in the Lautoka High Court yesterday.

In the first charge of sedition, the 16 accused persons are alleged to have signed a document called the "Uluda Declaration purporting to be a petition to the International Court of Justice which allegedly contained statements that promote feelings of enmity and ill-will between different communities, religious groups or classes in a community.

The document was allegedly signed on the 28th of October 2014.
In the second charge of inciting communal antagonism, the 16 accused are alleged to have taken oath to be Ministers in the purported Ra Sovereign Christian State.

The accused are also alleged to have signed a document headed ‘Uluda Declaration’ purporting to be unilateral independence by the entity of ‘Ra Sovereign Christian State’ with the seditious intention of bringing into hatred or contempt or excite disaffection against the government of Fiji as by law established.

Bail has been extended to all accused persons and the sedition matter has been rescheduled for the 15th to 19th of February 2016.