9 Dec 2016

Bail case of Fiji Times publisher deferred

12:36 pm on 9 December 2016

The hearing for a bail variation for the Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts has been deferred until next month.

The Fiji Times headquarters on Victoria Parade, Suva

The Fiji Times headquarters on Victoria Parade, Suva Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

In August, Mr Arts was charged with inciting communal antagonism and if found guilty, he risks up to ten years in prison.

He sought a bail variation to go abroad but the case has been deferred until 17th January when a new High Court judge will take over the matter.

The prosecution is against a bail variation on the grounds that Mr Arts is a flight risk.

The charges relate to an article published in April in the newspaper's i-Taukei language Nai Lalakai paper.

Those charged include the writer of the article Josaia Waqabaca, the Nai Lalakai Editor Anare Ravula and the Fiji Times Editor Fred Wesley.

Fiji Times editor, Fred Wesley

Fiji Times editor, Fred Wesley Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

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