Man in court for alleged live videos

Tevita Vuniwaqa (middle) is escorted by a policeman at the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

A 49-YEAR-OLD man accused of posting a series of live videos on social media about the COVID-19 vaccine appeared in the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday.

Tevita Vuniwaqa, of Nadonumai settlement in Lami, appeared before magistrate Jeremaia Savou.

He was charged with five counts of malicious act for allegedly broadcasting live videos condemning the COVID-19 vaccine and maliciously spreading false news against Government, religious and traditional leaders and members of the disciplined forces.

The court stated the live videos caused fear among people.

The court was informed the Facebook account, Madigi Tuiqaqa, on which the accused was posting the live videos did not belong to him.

He also told the court he didn’t own a Facebook account.

However, Mr Savou ordered the accused to refrain from posting on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp.

The accused was granted bail. The matter has been adjourned to August 19.

More Stories