Nai Lalakai trial: Government tech search for email

Permanent Secretary for I-Taukei Affairs - Mr Naipote Katonitabua outside the Suva High Court during a break in the trial yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

GOVERNMENT information technology personnel are currently searching for email correspondence which was sent to the Fiji Times seeking clarification on a letter which was published in the Nai Lalakai newspaper in 2016.

Ministry of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary Naipote Katonitabua told the High Court in Suva this when he was cross-examined today by Fiji Times lawyers in a sedition trial taking place this week.

Defence lawyer Wylie Clarke asked Mr Katonitabua whether there were any remedies in place to set the record straight with the Fiji Times to which Mr Katonitabua replied the letter was the first and said no arrangements were made to clarify the issues.

Mr Katonitabua who is the first prosecution witness in the trial also submitted a press release to the court which he said was sent to the Fiji Times. The press release was a clarification of the role of ‘Turaga ni Koro’ send to be published in the Nai Lalakai in response to concerns raised by the iTaukei community.

The court heard that the release was published in the Nai Lalakai.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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