FIJI UNION LEADER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO INCITING VIOLENCE

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Urai charged with urging overthrow of government

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 29, 2011) – Fiji trade unionist Danial Urai pleaded not guilty to charges of urging political violence in the Suva Magistrates court yesterday.

It is alleged that Mr. Urai between the 1st of August 2011 to 29th October this year in Suva intentionally urged Taniela Ligairi, Raijeli Ligairi and others to overthrow the government of Fiji.

Fiji Village online says the Magistrate also refused any variations in Urai’s bail condition.

He has to report to the Lautoka Police Station any time between 6 in the morning to 8 at night daily and be on curfew from 8 at night to 6 in the morning.

Defence counsel Navinesh Nand had requested the court to allow his client to stay in Suva overnight as he will have to travel back from Lautoka today to attend a meeting at the Labour Ministry office in Suva.

But a lawyer for the Director of Public Prosecutions strongly objected the application saying it’s easier for police to monitor Urai’s movement in Lautoka.

The case will be recalled on 16th January next year in the Suva Magistrates Court.

[PIR editor’s note: Urai, who has been charged with sedition, maintains that the charges against him are politically motivated. He has also said that the arrests of himself and his colleagues were designed to intimidate anyone who might speak out.]

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