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Police start investigation against Mohammed’s seditious and inciteful comments

September 21, 2019 6:20 am
Feroz Gulam Mohammed [Source: Facebook]

Police are investigating a possible seditious comment made by former proposed candidate of NFP Feroz Gulam Mohammed.

Mohammed had earlier posted on his Facebook page that it was the best time for the military to do a coup as most of the top members of Government were away.

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He has since taken down this post but later when he questioned by members of the public on why he was making such statements, he didn’t deny and went on further to call for a coup again.

Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho says an official report has been lodged and the matter is now being investigated.

He says they are looking at Section 66 of the Crimes Act of 2009.

This states a Seditious intention is an intention – to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the government of the Republic of Fiji as by law established.

Also under Section 71 of Seditious Offenses, a person commits an indictable offence, which is triable summarily if the person- prints, published, sells, offers for sale, distributes or reproduces any seditious publication

This carries a prison term of up to seven years.

Under the Section 17 of the Public Order Act, any person who by words, either spoken or intended to be read or by signs or by visible representation or otherwise-shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or to both such fine and imprisonment.

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