14 Dec 2016

Fiji prosecution drops Samisoni case

2:07 pm on 14 December 2016

Fiji prosecutors have withdrawn their case against a businesswoman and former politician Mere Samisoni who five years ago was accused of urging political violence.

She as well as Semisi Lasike and Apete Vereti were in court in August when they were also accused of urging another person to burn down the city of Suva.

The state has now decided not to pursue the case.

Mr Vereti still faces one count of urging political violence.

Dr Samisoni's New Zealand-based lawyer Lady Heeni Phillips-Williams said several points were raised which were signficant from a human rights perspective.

She said this included holding her client in police custody for five days without proper legal authority.

Dr Samisoni was an MP in the government of Laisenia Qarase which was deposed in a military coup a decade ago.

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