29 Mar 2017

Fiji Times sedition case delayed

2:13 pm on 29 March 2017

The hearing for sedition charges against the Fiji Times newspaper has been delayed until May.

The Fiji Office of Director of Public Prosecutions charged the newspaper with sedition after earlier accusing it and its senior staff of inciting communal antagonism.

The charges relate to an article published in the vernacular iTaukei newspaper Nai Lalakai in April last year.

The Fiji Times headquarters on Victoria Parade, Suva

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

The charges were scheduled to be heard in Suva yesterday.

According to a statement by the ODPP, the hearing was delayed after the Defence said it wanted to make representations that the amended Information is defective.

The ODPP says the court has given time to both State and Defence counsel to file written submissions.

The hearing will now be heard on the 9th of May.