Fiji authorities have been told to release the passport of Sri Lankan national Jagath Karunaratne to allow him to travel to his country of birth to attend to important family commitments.
His application for his bail to be reviewed was heard and approved today in the Suva Magistrates Court with the judge setting a $5000 cash bond and surety and a return date of July 20.
Regime prosecutors tried to block the bail review again and asked the court if they could hold the passport until it had lodged its appeal but Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili denied the request.
Karunaratne is one of five people charged with writing graffiti on billboards and public places and was detained in November last year under the Public Emergency Regulations.
He was kept in a condemned building after he was detained in what is believed to have been inhumane conditions and has battled to have the charges declared null and void and to have his passport released without success - until today.
His lawyer, Rajendra Chaudhry, was recently advised, though, that prosecutors intend to lay fresh charges, that of conspiracy against government.