Judge to deliver judgment

HIGH Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe will deliver his judgment on an application for constitutional redress by a Nai Lalakai letter writer charged with sedition next week on Monday.

Josaia Waqabaca is charged along with The Fiji Times general manager and publisher, Hank Arts, the Fiji Times Ltd with sedition while Nai Lalakai editor Anare Ravula, and The Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley are charged with aiding and abetting the publication of the said letter that was alleged to have been seditious.

Yesterday, Justice Rajasinghe informed Mr Waqabaca that the judgment was not ready and that he needed more time to write his judgment.

Mr Waqabaca also informed court that he was still trying to get in contact with lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh.

Mr Waqabaca was questioned by Justice Rajasinghe of his lawyer’s absence during yesterday’s sitting. Justice Rajasinghe then instructed Mr Waqabaca to ensure that his lawyer is present in court when he delivers his judgment on Monday morning.

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

Mr Waqabaca’s lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh, in his motion for constitutional redress challenged the legality of the charge laid against Mr Waqabaca on the grounds that his freedom of speech had been violated.

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