Defence counsel says no evidence provided
May 4, 2018 1:29 am
The defense counsel representing writer Josaia Waqabaca in the Fiji Times sedition trial informed the Suva High Court that the prosecution has not provided any evidence that the article in question was seditious.
Aman Ravindra Singh claims the article written by his client was never directed to Muslims.
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.
He referred to the first prosecution witness Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua.
Singh said Katonitabua’s evidence was contradictory.
He also said the investigation carried out by investigating officer was incomplete.
Singh said Inspector Esili Nadalo did not obtain any statement from the Attorney General who the petition was addressed to.
Singh said the matter was reported to police two months later after the article was published in the Nai Lalaki Newspaper on April 27th.
Singh said within those two months there were no evidence of hostility or ill- will between two classes of people mainly the Muslim and non-Muslims around the country.
The defense oral submission on the no case to answer continues in the High Court.