Nai Lalakai trial: No evidence to support alleged seditious act, submits letter writer’s lawyer

Letter writer Josaia Waqabaca and his lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh. Picture: FT FILE

THERE is no evidence to support that Josaia Waqabaca did a seditious act by submitting an article written by him for publication.
Defence lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh said this at the High Court in Suva today while making his oral submission on his application of no case to answer on the Fiji Times sedition case.
Mr Ravindra-Singh said submitting an article for publication did not render that the article or the actions of his client Mr Waqabaca as a seditious act.
He said the article was sent to the Attorney General of Fiji as a letter of protest and was addressing grievances suffered by the indigenous people of Fiji.
He also stated that there was no evidence that Mr Waqabaca had a seditious intention to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different classes of the population of Fiji and that was between non-Muslims and Muslims.
Mr Waqabaca is charged with one count of sedition.
The trial continues before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe.