THE State has challenged a bail variation decision by Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili in the case of four people accused of urging political violence against the government.
Dr Mere Samisoni, who is jointly charged with Apete Vereti, Mataiasi Ragiagia (deceased) and Semisi Lasike, appeared before Justice Paul Madigan.
When the case was called yesterday in the High Court in Suva, the Director of Public Prosecutions strongly objected to Mr Ratuvili's decision to allow bail variation.
The State also argued Mr Ratuvili erred when allowing the four accused to travel around Fiji for work purposes.
The State argued that the four were charged with urging political violence and were not allowed to leave their homes or change their addresses. But defence lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma, who is representing Mr Vereti, informed the court his client was a security officer and that his work required a lot of movement around Suva at night.
Mr Vakaloloma said it was not wrong in principle when the Chief Magistrate allowed bail variation for his client.
Justice Madigan is expected to deliver ruling on the issue on April 30.