30 Apr 2018

Former Fiji MP sentenced over sedition charge

1:00 pm on 30 April 2018

A former opposition MP in Fiji has been given a jail sentence after being found guilty of sedition.

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FBC News reports Mosese Bulitavu and former businessman Jagath Karunaratne were given custodial sentences by the Suva High Court this morning.

The pair was charged with sedition over graffiti, which was spray painted on billboards in August 2011.

Bulitavu has been sentenced to just over two years five months imprisonment and Karunaratne received a sentence three days longer.

Both will be eligible for parole after serving eighteen months jail term.

Suva Magistrate, Deepika Prakash said there was evidence of planning.

The court heard the men spray painted words in different places between Nausori and Suva with the seditious intention of bringing into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the Government.