WAF workers allowed to go home despite strong opposition

Former Water Authority of Fiji staff with their lawyer Mark Anthony at the Lautoka Magistrates Court on Friday, May 03, 2019. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE 28 former Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) workers charged with one count of unlawful assembly were bailed by the Lautoka Magistrates Court yesterday.

Appearing before Magistrate Sekonaia Vodokisolomone, the workers were allowed to go home despite strong opposition from police prosecutors.

Police prosecutor Constable Pedro Liue had argued that the group was a threat to security and would cause widespread panic.

He asked that bail be denied because the case was of public interest.

However, defence lawyer Mark Anthony argued that the workers were on private property when they were arrested by police.

He said the workers were not violating any unlawful assembly laws.

Strict bail conditions were given by the court including reporting to their nearest police station twice a week.

Some of the accused appearing yesterday included, Manueli Yawayawa, Emosi Ravato Naiceru, Tevita Rauga, Vonipate Tauvoli, Atonio Rokoura Nabakeke, Letia Ratu, Lemeki Vatuloka, Marika Banuve, Aisea Baleilekutu, Etuate Naba, Savenaca Waqavou, Aisake King, Lare Moceyawa, Antonio Niumataiwalu, Wame Savou, Tukeni Sucuvou and Ilisoni Taginadavui.

The case has been adjourned to May 24 for mention.

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