High Court Judge, Justice Thushara Rajasinghe has acquitted all accused persons in the Fiji Times Sedition Trial.
Justice Rajasinghe has ruled that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Nai-Lalakai article was seditious.
It was a moment of celebration for the Fiji Times Limited.
Just minutes after the Suva High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe read his not guilty verdict, supporters of the four accused gathered in front of the High Court.
Justice Rajasinghe has ruled that the prosecution has failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Nai Lalakai article was seditious.
He say that he finds the intention of Waqabaca’s article was to have national reconciliation and noted that the article does not only talk about Muslims, but also includes foreigners.
Justice Rajasinghe says that he does not find any evidence that Hank Arts saw the article or knew about it before it was printed neither does he find any evidence that Fred Wesley read or was aware of the article before it was printed.
Fiji Times Limited, Hank Arts and Josaia Waqabaca were charged for sedition while Fred Wesley and Anare Ravula were charged for aiding and abetting sedition.
Justice Rajasinghe has acquitted the Fiji Times Limited, Publisher Hank Arts, contributor Josaia Waqabaca, Editor in Chief Fred Wesley and Nai Lalakai Editor Anare Ravula.
As of now Fiji Times say they will continue with the support from the team and the people of Fiji.