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Lawyer asks for audio recording in Rt. Naiqama suspension

A lawyer for suspended parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu asked the High Court to make an order to obtain the audio recording used by the Parliamentary Privileges Committee to suspend him. The recording in question was made by broadcaster Communications Fiji Ltd. Queen’s Counsel Julian Moti appeared for Ratu Naiqama when the matter was called before Justice […]

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October 2, 2015 2:36 pm

A lawyer for suspended parliamentarian Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu asked the High Court to make an order to obtain the audio recording used by the Parliamentary Privileges Committee to suspend him.

The recording in question was made by broadcaster Communications Fiji Ltd.

Queen’s Counsel Julian Moti appeared for Ratu Naiqama when the matter was called before Justice Anthony Gates earlier this week.

Ratu Naiqama was suspended from Parliament for two years following findings of the Privileges Committee for allegedly uttering words about the Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni, at a SODELPA party constituency meeting at Makoi in May.

QC Moti told the court the recording of the words allegedly uttered by Ratu Naiqama had not been included yet in the materials provided to the court.

He said the affidavit by Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma, who is representing Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, had annexes of the Parliamentary Privileges Committee which was lacking the information they were after.

Mr Sharma in reply said getting a hold of the recordings needed a special leave from Parliament, and was only disclosed to the committee pursuant to section 16 of the Parliamentary Privileges Act.

Both parties were told to file and serve submissions by October 27. The hearing for the matter will be heard December 15.

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