18 Aug 2015

Three more in Fiji court on sedition

3:00 pm on 18 August 2015

Three more people are in court today in Fiji on charges of sedition.

The Fiji Times reports the police have confirmed the trio have been charged with one count of sedition and one count of inciting political violence.

This brings to 65 the number of people who have appeared in court over the last six weeks on sedition charges.

Yesterday a group of three men charged with sedition chose to have their cases tried in the High Court.

The court allowed one of the men to undergo a medical application.

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Photo: Fiji Government

A group of sixteen from the Nadroga-Navosa area appeared in the Nadi Magistrates Court.

The court was told they had signed documents in October and November last year related to the setting up of a Christian state.

The Fiji Times reports the group's lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh applied for bail saying any threat to public security had been refuted by statements made by the Prime Minister and Police Commissioner

He added that his clients are facing allegations that are believed to have occurred more than nine months ago and have proven to be peaceful members in their communities.

The state argued the case was of public interest and the accused were influential people in their communities.

The prosecution said police investigations were also pending.

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