Court finds Richard Naidu guilty of contempt of court

Fijian lawyer Richard Naidu has been found guilty of contempt of court.

Mr Naidu is convicted of scandalising and ridiculing the courts and the judiciary in a Facebook post where he made comments in relation to a judgment delivered by the High Court in Suva.

Today’s decision by Judge Justice Jude Nanayakkara was handed down to Mr Naidu, in a packed civil high court in Suva that spilled over to the corridors, in the presence of family members, friends, supporters, politicians, and a handful of 2022 General Election candidates of the National Federation Party and People’s Alliance including their respective leaders Professor Biman Prasad and former Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.

The proceedings were filed by Fiji’s Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mitigation and sentencing submission has been set for 5 January 2023.

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