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Jale Baba excused from court on medical grounds

October 31, 2018 12:36 am

Social Democratic Liberal Party member Jale Baba has been excused from the Suva Magistrates Court on medical grounds.

Baba’s case was listed for plea this morning but his lawyer, Lynda Tabuya informed the court that Baba has suffered stroke and is admitted at the CWM Hospital’s Emergency ward.

He is charged by the FICAC with one count of making a false statement.

It is alleged that between August and October, Baba made false statements on social media by publishing falsified voter lists and other information which he knew were false.

Tabuya also informed the court, Baba’s medical form has been filed and served to the court and the state prosecution.

She sought time from court to allow Baba to receive proper treatment while he is admitted at the hospital.

Tabuya also informed the court the medical form with reports have also been submitted to relevant parties.

She asked the court to consider Baba’s medical condition and give him time for full recovery.

FICAC counsel Josanne Pene did not object for the time sought for the accused’s recovery.

Pene told the court, the second phase of disclosures were filed and served to the court and the defence.

Tabuya objected to the second phase of disclosures and said there are some elements missing.

She says the complainant in the matter is not listed while other witnesses have given their statement.

Tabuya says Baba has the right to know who accused him and requested the FICAC prosecution to file the complainant’s statement.

The matter has been adjourned for mention to check on Baba’s medical condition to November 22nd.