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Trial date to be set for 16 charged with sedition

December 2, 2015 3:58 am

The 16 Nadroga men and women charged with sedition and inciting communal antagonism have had their case adjourned to the 2nd of February next year for a trial date to be set.

This is to give time to the State and the Defence to complete Pre-trial Conference requirements.

Judge Justice Thusara Rajasinghe extended bail for all the accused persons.

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The 16 are alleged to have taken an oath as sworn Ministers in the purported Nadroga-Navosa Sovereign Christian State.

Meanwhile, in a separate but related case,20 of the 44 people charged with sedition and urging political violence will have their application for bail heard in the Lautoka High Court next Monday.

The 43 men and a woman appeared before Justice Thusara Rajasinghe and were represented by Mark Anthony.

The 44 are alleged to be part of a para-military style training group in the Highlands of Ra mid this year.

Matter has also been adjourned to 7 December 2015 for bail hearing for the twenty accused persons who have applied for bail.

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