7 Dec 2011

Media and public barred from sedition case in Fiji court

4:12 pm on 7 December 2011

The court proceedings against five men charged with seditious offences in Fiji are to be heard in closed court.

Fiji Village says the Magistrates Court in Suva today ruled that the public and the media will be barred from court during the case.

The state's application for a closed court argued it was in the interests of public safety and the fact that other people allegedly involved in the case have not yet been arrested and charged.

It is alleged that the five conspired to writing seditious words in public places in Suva last August.

The five have been released on bail and the case has been adjourned to the 22nd of this month for mention.