30 Nov 2011

Fiji trade unionist pleads not guilty to urging political violence charges

7:09 am on 30 November 2011

Fiji trade unionist Danial Urai pleaded not guilty to charges of urging political violence in the Suva Magistrates court yesterday.

It is alleged that Mr Urai between the 1st of August 2011 to 29th October this year in Suva intentionally urged Taniela Ligairi, Raijeli Ligairi and others to overthrow the government of Fiji.

Fiji Village online says the Magistrate also refused any variations in Mr Urai's bail condition.

He has to report to the Lautoka Police Station any time between 6 in the morning to 8 at night daily and be on curfew from 8 at night to 6 in the morning.

Defence counsel Navinesh Nand had requested the court to allow his client to stay in Suva overnight as he will have to travel back from Lautoka today to attend a meeting at the Labour Ministry office in Suva.

But a lawyer for the Director of Public Prosecutions strongly objected the application saying it's easier for police to monitor Mr Urai's movement in Lautoka.

The case will be recalled on 16th January next year in the Suva Magistrates Court.