Nai Lalakai Trial: Lawyer separates truth from fiction

The lawyers acting in defence of a Fiji Times letter writers and Fiji Times employees charged with sedition. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

ASSESSORS of the Fiji Times sedition trial were today given a description of the truth and fiction about the case by defence lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh.

Mr Ravindra-Singh who is representing Nai Lalakai letter writer, Josaia Waqabaca informed the High Court in Suva today in his closing submission that his client submitted an article which is the truth but that the allegation that by doing so he did a seditious act is fiction.

Mr Waqabaca is charged with one count of submitting for publication an article written by him with a seditious intention.

Mr Ravindra-Singh said the same article was submitted to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and no complaint was received from Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

He then questioned as to how, all of a sudden Mr Waqabaca’s article was a seditious act just because it was submitted to the Nai Lalakai.

“No, that is fiction and in no way it was produced and provided by the prosecution to prove that it was a seditious act,” he said.

He said if it was really seditious, there would be a second count because of the letter that  was submitted to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.