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Fiji Times judgement deferred to 2.30pm

May 22, 2018 12:13 am

The verdict in relation to the Fiji Times alleged sedition case has been deferred to 2.30pm.

Suva High court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe was due to deliver his judgement at 11.30am but it has now been deferred.

The three assessors unanimously found writer Josaia Waqabaca and the Fiji Times executives not guilty of sedition and aiding and abetting charges last week.

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

Anare Ravula and Fred Wesley are charged with one count each of aiding and abetting and it is alleged that they aided Arts to publish an article which was a seditious publication.

Hank Arts is charged with one count of sedition and it is alleged that he published the article on April 27th.