The defence lawyers in the Fiji Times sedition trial have made their closing submissions.
Josaia Waqabaca’s lawyer – Aman Ravindra Singh, highlighted that the Attorney-General, who was the original recipient of the letter, was not called to give evidence, and it is safe to conclude that the original recipient had no issues.
Other lawyers in their defence also stated that the letter is not seditious.
While presenting his closing submission yesterday, Josaia Waqabaca’s lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh questioned the evidence regarding the seditious intention.
He questioned if anyone had seen the original letter and says the court did not even have the opportunity to compare it.
He added that prosecution had provided a half investigation for a serious charge.
The second lawyer, Devanesh Sharma who is representing the Nai Lalakai’s editor, Anare Ravula says the letter is not seditious and the letter is capable of having several meanings.
He says that the letter contains issues of national interest.
Sharma says it does not tell you that Muslims of Fiji are capable of what Muslims in Bangladesh allegedly did.
He said that no one complained to the Media Industry Development Authority and neither did MIDA take any action.
He says in the letter Waqabaca is seeking National reconciliation and that there is no evidence that Ravula aided and abetted Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts.
Arts and Fred Wesley’s lawyer, Marc Corlett says all of the evidence shows that neither Arts nor Wesley knew about the letter. He says that the simple thing to do is to look at the letter as a whole and ask if the letter is seditious.
Corlett says the letter was persuading people to change things lawfully.
Corlett added that this was just the prosecutions desperation of embarrassment.
He said justice is when two men who knew nothing of the letter is acquitted..
High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe will sum up the Fiji Times sedition case on Friday before the three assessors retire behind closed doors to deliberate on their opinion.