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High Court ruling on voir-dire expected tomorrow

October 14, 2015 7:14 pm

High Court Judge, Justice Paul Madigan will tomorrow make a ruling on the Voir-Dire hearing of the 16 Nadroga men and women charged with sedition and urging political antagonism.

Defence and prosecution lawyers made their final submissions on the argument that the 16 were not read their rights when their statements were taken during a caution interview.

In his submission, Defence lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh said the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and must be adhered to.

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He says his clients were denied their rights stipulated in the Constitution before the caution interview was conducted by police.

Section 13 of the Constitution states that the detained or arrested person has the right to remain silent, that he/she be informed of the consequences of not remaining silent and that the detained or arrested person is not compelled to make any confession or admission.

Singh says the interviewing officer, Detective Corporal Inoke Tui when cross examined yesterday agreed that the exact words in the constitution were not read to the 16 accused during the caution interview.

Justice Paul Madigan will make a ruling on the matter at 9.30am on Friday.

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