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Padarath Bail Variation Refused

Padarath Bail Variation Refused
September 04
08:46 2014

An application for bail variation for Benjamin Padarath was yesterday refused by the Suva Magistrates Court.
In the application for bail variation, Padarath’s lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo in the last court sitting filed their notice for motion.

This included:

– Padarath’s daily curfew conditions from 10pm to 7am be removed entirely;

– That Padarath report once every two weeks on every other Wednesday at the FICAC office, Suva between the hours of 6am to 9pm and;
– That Padarath’s address be changed from his present residential address to Lot 4, Sawau Road, Bayview Heights, Suva.
–  Any other conditions that the court may deem fit.

The accussed appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili.

Padarath is charged with one count of forgery.

In the submission for the application on August 28, Mr Vosarogo had submitted that the reason advanced for the change in curfew conditions is that the applicant had been tasked by the Fiji Labour Party with the responsibility of organising of coordinating their campaign towards the September general elections.

Delivering his ruling, Mr Ratuvili said in the context of this case with the current bail conditions being partly proposed by the applicant himself and confirmed and strengthened by the High Court which has declared him as a flight risk.

“The court finds no significant change that would justify a further variation. The motion of variation is refused,” Mr Ratuvili said.
He further stated that each party would bear their own costs. The accused was given 28 days to appeal.

Feedback: ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj

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