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Khan Home Free

Khan Home Free
Happy to be home, Nadi businessman Mohammed Shaheed Khan with his family in Simla, Lautoka, yesterday. Photo: Salote Qalubau
September 12
16:49 2015

Nadi businessman Mohammed Shaheed Khan was relieved to be reunited with his family on Thursday after nine months in custody.

This was after he was acquitted of all charges relating to a $30-million drug bust in Lautoka in December last year.

Mr Khan was acquitted by High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe on Thursday.

Justice Rajasinghe, in his ruling, stated that Mr Khan had no knowledge of the shipment of heroin that was seized at the Queens Wharf by Police intelligence officials.

Mr Khan said he was ecstatic and relieved with the judgment given by the High Court.

“It was a very long nine months but justice was done thanks to my learned counsel who did a tremendous job,” he said.

“Mr Iqbal Khan and his team have helped me morally and emotionally throughout the case because we were going through a lot but he always gave an assurance that we will get through this.”

The businessman hopes to make up for lost time with his wife the three children.

“It’s great to be a free man and to be with my family again, all I can say is that the charge that was brought against me was something I would never support,” he said.

“I was worried about my family because I missed out on Father’s Day, my kid’s birthdays and seeing their cards on Father’s Day made me very emotional and I really missed them, but it was touching that everyone prayed for me and now justice was served.”

Defence lawyer Mr Khan said they had a strong case from the beginning.

Meanwhile, his co-accused, Australian citizen Ethan Kai, was found guilty of unlawful importation of illicit drugs. He has been remanded and will be sentenced on September 15.

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