Sedition suspect denied bail
October 16, 2015 5:35 am
The only female charged with sedition and urging political violence Vive Naio was denied bail by the Lautoka High Court today.
Naio, a mother of six who resides in Matawalu, outside Lautoka had her application heard before Judge Justice Paul Madigan.
Naio is being charged with 43 others, including two juveniles for the alleged military style training said to be conducted in the highlands of Ra.
Defence Lawyer, Mark Anthony told the court, Naio has no previous convictions, a clean police record and is a respected member of her community adding that there is still no evidence of weapons brought to the court by authorities to suggest that she will be a risk to the community.
Anthony also said that to cure any concerns raised by the prosecution, they are willing to surrender all travel documents and adhere to strict bail conditions.
Prosecution lawyer Lee Burney objected to bail saying that the accused was part of a group that wanted to usurp power from government.
Burney also said that the leader of the alleged military style training group is still at large.
He said there is a likelihood that the accused could collaborate with the leader and also not turn up to court at a later date.
Justice Madigan refused bail and informed that court that the details of his judgment will be made available later.