Nai Lalakai trial: Katonitabua completes testimony

Permanent Secretary for I-Taukei Affairs Mr Naipote Katonitabua outside the Suva High Court. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE first prosecution witness in the Fiji Times sedition trial, Ministry of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary Naipote Katonitabua has been excused by the High Court in Suva earlier today.

Lead prosecutor Lee Burney concluded his re-examination of Mr Katonitabua today.

Trial judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe thanked Mr Katonitabua for his services in the trial and excused him to continue with public service.

Meanwhile, the next prosecution witness is Criminal Investigations Department investigating officer, Esili Nadolo.

Nai Lalakai editor Anare Ravula, The Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley, the company’s general manager and publisher, Hank Arts, the company and a letter writer, Josaia Waqabaca, are charged with one count each of having published or caused to publish or aided and abetted the publication of a letter in the Nai Lalakai newspaper on April 27, 2016.

The letter is alleged to be seditious.

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