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Request for changes to bail condition

Shalveen Chand
Friday, January 10, 2014

FORMER senator Mere Samisoni yesterday asked the Magistrates Court in Suva to change her bail conditions because she was travelling around the nation campaigning for the elections.

Ms Samisoni is charged with urging political violence along with Apete Vereti and Semi Nasike.

In court, Ms Samisoni's lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi made an application for her client to change her residential address.

This application was granted as the State prosecution did not oppose it.

Ms Vaniqi then made an application for the court to change Ms Samisoni's reporting time at the police station.

Ms Vaniqi told the court that her client was not a risk. She said if Ms Samisoni had to abscond, she would have done it when she was abroad.

Ms Vaniqi said her client was travelling to different parts of Fiji as part of her election campaign.

She said changes to the electoral system meant Ms Samisoni would have to go to not one but all constituencies.

The court was told the current conditions interfered with Ms Samisoni's plan to campaign.

The court changed Ms Samisoni's reporting time from every day to just Monday.

However, changes to other conditions were contested by the prosecution.

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili asked both parties to file affidavits for which the hearing would take place on January 20.





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