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By JYOTI PRATIBHA
The Office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions has been given seven days time to respond to affidavit filed on behalf of businesswoman Mere Samisoni for bail variations.
Acting on instructions of Peter Williams QC, Suva lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi informed the Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili that she wanted a hearing date to be set for bail variation.
Ms Vaniqi said Samisoni’s family members were due to visit her which was one of the reasons why she wanted the bail variation to be heard and decided upon.
State prosecutor Ilisapeci Whippy said she needed time to file the response, which she will be doing in seven days.
Chief Magistrate Ratuvili will rule on July 11 on the application for bail variation. Furthermore, Ms Vaniqi informed the court that Samisoni’s cheque books had been returned to her, but DPP’s office was still holding on to her diary.
She said QC Williams needed the diary to prepare for voir dire hearing.
Ms Vaniqi said if DPP wished to present the diary as exhibit, they were willing to take photocopies of the diary.
Chief Magistrate Ratuvili will also set a hearing date for voir dire on July 11.
Samisoni, Apete Vereti, former minister Mataiasi Ragigia and Semisi Lasike deny urging political violence and are alleged to have urged one Waisea Kaloumaira to burn the city of Suva in December last year.
It is alleged that the four, between the months of September and December last year, in Suva intentionally conspired to overthrow by force of violence the Government of Fiji.