Assessors return with a unanimous not guilty opinion

Josaia Waqabaca, Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts, Fiji Times editor in chief Fred Wesley, Nai Lalakai editor Anare Ravula, with their lawyers outside the High Court in Suva May 18. Picture: TIMOCI VULA

THE three assessors have returned with a unanimous not guilty opinion in the Fiji Times sedition trial.

They found the Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts not guilty for the charge of publishing a seditious article in Nai Lalakai and they also found Nai Lalakai editor Anare Ravula and Fiji Times editor in chief Fred Wesley not guilty for having aided and abetted the publication of a seditious article.

Letter writer Josaia Waqabaca was also found not guilty for the charge of submitting for publication an article written by him with a seditious intention, while the Fiji Times Ltd which is charged for printing a seditious publication was also found not guilty by the assessors.

High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe will deliver his judgment next week Tuesday.