AG – Sedition Act ruling will be appealed

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    The Attorney General has vowed to go all the way to the Privy Council in its challenge of this morning’s Sedition Act ruling.

    Justice Frank Seepersad ruled that Sections 3 and 4 of the Act are unconstitutional, as they impose disproportionate and unjustified restrictions on a citizen’s free speech, expression and thought.

    It was delivered in relation to a claim filed by the late Sat Maharaj and Central Broadcasting Services Ltd, in relation to comments made about Tobago during a TV programme last year.

    AG Faris Al Rawi says the State will act swiftly in its challenge, since the implications of this ruling are wide-ranging.

    Today’s ruling also put the brakes on another high profile sedition case – a preliminary enquiry against PSA President Watson Duke, who was charged with sedition for comments made during a protest outside TSTT in 2018.