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Fiji Trades Union Congress and Na­tional Work­ers Union gen­eral sec­re­tary Felix An­thony has pleaded not guilty to the charge of ma­li­cious act. An­thony ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Seini Pua­mau yes­ter­day at the Mag­is­trates Court in Suva, charged with one count of ma­li­cious act. An­thony is al­leged to have know­ingly spread abroad by word of mouth, to Fiji Times jour­nal­ist Felix Chaud­hary, false news re­lat­ing to the expiry of Wa­ter Au­thor­ity of Fiji’s work­ers’ con­tracts, false news which tended to cre­ate or fos­ter pub­lic anx­i­ety.

The al­leged of­fence took place on April 26, 2019, at Suva. An­thony was de­tained by the Po­lice from his house in Lautoka on June 27.

An­thony was rep­re­sented by pri­vate lawyer Fil­imoni Vosarogo while Sahil Shi­raz from the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions ap­peared as the State pros­e­cu­tor.

Mr Vosarogo told the court that there were no ad­mis­sions in the cau­tion in­ter­view state­ment. Mr Shi­raz also con­firmed the same. Mag­is­trate Pua­mau ad­journed the mat­ter for a pre-trial con­fer­ence to Septem­ber 30.

Bail for An­thony was fur­ther ex­tended.

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

Felix An­thony (left) with his lawyer Fil­imoni Vosarogo out­side the Mag­is­trates Court in Suva on Septem­ber 2, 2019.

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