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Fiji's Opposition MP convicted on sedition charges, loses seat in Parliament

Fiji's Opposition SODEPLA Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu loses his seat in Parliament immediately after he was convicted on sedition charges Monday.

The SODELPA MP along with businessman and Fiji United Freedom Party leader Jagath Karunaratne were charged for graffiti, which was spray painted on billboards in August 2011.

Suva Magistrate Deepika Prakash convicted the duo Monday and will deliver sentencing on 19 April.

Lautoka-based lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh represented Karunaratne while Suva lawyer Barbara Malimali acted for Bulitavu.

Bulitavu on facebook thanked Fiji for the support as he awaits his sentencing next month.

He also confirmed he will not contest the 2018 general election.

“Vinaka Fiji for the support. I thank God for his love and goodness which has never failed me. I have been convicted for sedition awaiting sentence.

“It means I cannot stand for the 2018 elections and also will be vacating my Member of Parliament seat.

“Thanks friends & supporters for your prayers & best wishes. A big vinaka vakalevu to the SODELPA President, Party Leader and the Leader of the Opposition with party officials & member's for the support not forgetting my fellow MP's.

“Do not lose hope and the fight must go on. Yes, God is good all the time! ,” said Bulitavu.

Fiji’s Supervisor of Election Mohammed Saneem has confirmed SODELPA member Ratu Tevita Niumataiwalu will be awarded the vacant seat in parliament replacing Bulitavu.

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