Police investigate alleged seditious acts
Rita Narayan/Edwin Nand
August 11, 2015 11:10 pm
The Commissioner of Police has officially confirmed that police had earlier received information with regards to training of a seditious nature being conducted in the interior of Ra by certain groups.
Major General Ben Groenewald has also confirmed that their investigations have not been able to substantiate claims with regards to the use of guns.
He adds no weapons have been located.
Chief of Intelligence and Investigations Assistant Commissioner of Police Henry Brown is leading the investigation as police try to establish the intent of the alleged seditious act.
Three men were charged with one count of sedition and one count of inciting communal antagonism earlier this week.
Groenewald says another two men will be produced at the Rakiraki Magistrates Court today charged with similar offences.
He says investigations continue and there is a possibility that more people may be charged.
Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Isikeli Vuniwaqa is also in the Western Division overseeing the investigations and will be visiting villages and settlements as a proactive measure to talk to people not to get involved in such illegal activities.
Groenewald has reassured the nation that there is no security threat and that the people living along the Ba/Tavua/Rakiraki corridor have nothing to fear as his officers are in control of the situation.
Meanwhile the Magistrate Court in Lautoka yesterday heard that at least 13 other people are detained in the Western Division in relation to the same sedition related investigation.
The issue came to light in the case where the State had applied for bail conditions of the three men charged with seditious acts be revoked in the interest of national security.
The matter will now be heard at 2pm in the Lautoka High Court today.