23rd October 04:22 PM
Hank Arts makes fresh application for bail variation in High Court
By Dhanjay Deo
Tuesday 26/09/2017
Publisher of Fiji Times Limited Hank Arts

The Publisher of Fiji Times Limited Hank Arts has made a fresh application for bail variation in the Suva High Court.

Arts is charged with sedition.

He is intending to travel to Honolulu from 6th to 17th October to celebrate his 28th wedding anniversary.

His lawyer, Faizal Haniff talked about the application before High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe this morning.

This is Arts' fourth application for bail variation as his previous three applications in the Suva Magistrates Court, Suva High Court and the Fiji Court of Appeal have been rejected.

Haniff told the court that he thinks he will be able to persuade the judge this time.

He also told the court that Arts will not travel with his New Zealand passport but Fijian passport and this means that he will not be able to go to New Zealand from there.

But Justice Rajasinghe then asked whether Arts will be able to obtain a New Zealand passport in Honolulu since he is also a New Zealand citizen.

Haniff says he will address the matter during the hearing.

Haniff also told the court that Arts is 70-years-old and is facing charges for the last two years and needs some freedom before his trial starts.

Justice Rajasinghe then told Haniff that there are a number of other cases pending and one or two years delay can happen based on the resources they have.

DPP lawyer Yogesh Prasad told the court that he will need five days to respond through his submissions.

The matter has been adjourned to next Monday for the hearing on the bail variation application.

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