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State lawyer told to hand full disclosures to defence in sedition case

September 23, 2015 12:58 am

High Court Judge Justice Paul Madigan has advised the State to quickly get and handover full disclosures to the defence in the sedition-related case.

Justice Madigan made the comment in the Lautoka High Court this morning where the case of 44 men and one woman was called for mention.

State lawyer Semi Babitu informed the court that the accused were served with first phase disclosures and the State is still working on providing the full disclosures to the defence.

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Justice Madigan told the State lawyer to get a quick response from his superiors on whether they will consolidate the files of the 44 accused who are charged with one count of sedition and one count of urging political violence.

Justice Madigan says the accused have a future and their integrity to uphold and it is the duty of the State to provide the court with a timely response on matters as such.

The case has been set for mention on the 13th of October.

Meanwhile the ruling on a bail application made by sixteen people of Nadroga charged with sedition and inciting communal antagonism will now be heard on Friday by Justice Thushara Rajasinghe.

Justice Madigan who is now presiding the case informed the 16 accused of a message forwarded to him by Justice Rajasinghe.

The ruling was to have been made this morning.

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