Sixteen people each charged with sedition for attempting to form a Christian State in Ra in 2015 have pleaded not guilty.
Ratu Epeli Niudamu, Sailasa Malani, Sereima Rokodi, Nanise Nagusuca, Waisea Duailima, Isikeli Kabakoro, Laisiasa Mocevakaca, Emosi Toga, Waisake Racaca, Samuela Ligabalavu, Mikaele Gonerara, Josefa Natau, Sulueti Waqalala, Ulaiyasi Tuivomo, Apolosi Qalilawa and Ilisapeci Natau appeared before Lautoka High Court Judge, Justice Aruna Aluthge today.
All accused persons are charged with two counts each of sedition except Nanise Kasami Nagusuca and Waisea Duailima who are charged with four counts each of sedition.
The matter has been set for trial from 14th August to 1 September 2017.
Bail has been extended for all accused persons.