Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stop harassing, military, cops told

Stop harassing, military, cops told
10/14/2008 - www.sun.com.fj

The lawyer representing lone protestor Vilisi Nadaku has called on the military and police to refrain from harassing her client as his case was now before the courts.
Nadaku who protested against last week’s High Court ruling has been charged with malicious act under section 15 of the Public Order Act.

Last Friday Nadaku parked his vehicle in the middle of a road in Nabua and obstructed traffic in protest against the ruling.

He was taken in for questioning by police and the military over the weekend and appeared before Magistrate Amani Rokotinaviti yesterday.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on a $200 cash bail. His lawyer Barbara Malimali said the case was adjourned to November 13 to enable prosecution to serve Nadaku with second phase disclosures.

“I hope the military and police will stop harassing him until the next court date,” said Ms Malimali.

Nadaku was assisted by prominent Suva lawyer John Apted over the weekend but the case was handed over to Ms Malimali yesterday.

Mr Apted said Nadaku went voluntarily to the Central Police Station for interviews on Saturday and later were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks for further questioning.

“He returned home at about 2am on Sunday and went back to the police station for further interview on Monday,” said Mr Apted.

Ms Malimali said the case was now before the courts adding it was a simple offence and her client was not a threat to national security.

Meanwhile a relative who spoke on the condition of anonymity questioned the involvement of the military in this case saying she could not understand why as police were already handling it.

Police spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri when questioned why Nadaku was released to the military for questioning after being interviewed by police said he was not in a position to comment.

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