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Saturday, January 27, 2018

DEFENCE lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh has been given until next Friday to respond to a notice of motion filed by the Attorney-General's Office to strike out his application for constitutional redress for his client Josaia Waqabaca in an alleged sedition case.

Mr Waqabaca is charged with Nai Lalakai editor Anare Ravula, The Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley, The Fiji Times publisher/general manager Hank Arts and The Fiji Times Ltd with one count of sedition.

The charges originated from a letter written by Mr Waqabaca and published by the iTaukei language newspaper, Nai Lalakai, on April 27, 2016.

He appeared before High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe in the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Mr Singh, in his motion for constitutional redress, had challenged the legality of the charge laid against his client on the grounds that his client's freedom of speech had been violated.

The representative from the Attorney-General's Office, Bhavna Narayan, said the criminal court was not bound by the constitutional redress and it would be an abuse of process in court. The strike out application has been set for hearing on February 13.

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