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Writer and Fiji Times executives acquitted by High Court

15:14 Tue May 22, 2018


Taken from/By: FBC news
Report by: Praneeta Prakash

High Court Judge, Justice Thushara Rajasinghe has acquitted writer Josaia Waqabaca and the Fiji Times Executives in the last hour.

The three assessors had earlier unanimously found Waqabaca and the Fiji Times executives not guilty of sedition and aiding and abetting charges.

High court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the article was seditious.

Justice Rajasinghe said that Waqabaca was suggesting a national reconciliation in the article.

Josaia Waqabaca was charged with one count of sedition and it is alleged that in April 2016 between the 20th and 27th he did a seditious act and submitted an article in the Nai Lalakai newspaper which could have caused feelings of ill-will and hostility between Fijians particularly the Muslims and the Non-Muslims.

Anare Ravula and Fred Wesley were charged with one count each of aiding and abetting and it is alleged that they aided Arts to publish an article which was a seditious publication.

Hank Arts was charged with one count of sedition and it is alleged that he published the article on April 27th.

The High court Judge concurred with the opinion of the High court assessors and found them not guilty of the charges.



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