8 May 2018

Ruling on "no case to answer" in Fiji Times case expected today

9:30 am on 8 May 2018

A court ruling is expected in Fiji today on a 'no case to answer' application by the Fiji Times and its senior staff who are accused of sedition.

The company, its publisher, two editors and a letter writer are on trial in the High Court over an allegedly seditious letter published in the Times' Nai Lalakai newspaper two years ago.

The lawyers for the five defendants have been arguing this week that their clients have no case to answer, and that the evidence put forward by the prosecution is deficient.

The decision on the defence's application is expected some time this morning.

On trial are the Fiji Times, its publisher Hank Arts, editor-in-chief Fred Wesley, Nai Lalakai editor Anare Ravula and writer Josaia Waqabaca.

Mr Arts is charged with publishing a seditious article in the Nai Lalakai, while Mr Waqabaca is charged with one count of submitting an article in the paper with seditious intention.

Mr Ravula and Mr Wesley are charged with aiding and abetting the publication of the letter.

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