Senator cleared of terrorism charges

The judge delivered his ruling today, July 4, 2017, upholding the no-case submission of the senator.

The judge delivered his ruling today, July 4, 2017, upholding the no-case submission of the senator and thereafter dismissing the case.

The former majority leader was arraigned by the federal government in 2011 and re-arraigned in 2013 on a four-count charge of sponsoring the terrorist group.

The offence contravened Sections 3, 4 and 7 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011.

In the no-case submission filed by the senator, his counsel, Ricky Tarfa (SAN) argued that the prosecution had failed to prove the allegations beyond reasonable doubt.

The senator argued that the contact he had with the terror group was established after his appointment into the Presidential Committee on Security Matters to negotiate for peace with the group.

He also argued that he disclosed all the information he got to then Vice President, Namadi Sambo and then Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS).

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