High Court grants Saimoni Vunilagi special leave to challenge COVID emergency laws

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By Blake Foden
Updated June 18 2022 - 9:54am, first published June 17 2022 - 11:00am
The victim met her rapists, including Saimoni Vunilagi, inset, at Mooseheads. Pictures: Rohan Thomson, The Irrigator

A Canberra gang rape "ringleader" has convinced the High Court to hear him challenge the constitutional validity of the ACT's COVID-19 emergency laws, which deprived him of the right to a jury trial.

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Blake Foden

Canberra Times court reporter

As a journalist, I've covered everything from a royal tour and a terror attack to international sport. After stints in New Zealand, the UK and the Canary Islands, I returned to Australia in 2018. These days, I cover the ACT and Queanbeyan courts.

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