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Health Issues Taken Into Account

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Urmila Varma at the Suva Magistrate court yesterday.Photo:VILIMONI VAGANALAU.
April 15
12:12 2016

Suva Magistrate Makereta Mua yesterday changed her stance after defence lawyer Ritesh Singh pleaded for his client not to be remanded in Police custody because of her medical condition.

Magistrate Mua allowed suspect 68-year-old Urmila Verma of Nasoso, Nadi, to be in court remand issuing allowance for the suspect to be taken to the hospital by Police officers for a medical check up.

Verma, who has been charged with one count of obtaining property by deception and a second count of money laundering, will appear in court today for her bail hearing.

In the first count it is alleged Verma, between August 20 and 21 in 2011 at Samabula by deception, dishonestly obtained $120,000 from Muni Chand and Sons Limited with the intention of permanently depriving Muni Chand and Sons Limited for the said amount.

On the second count, Verma is charged for money laundering.

It is alleged on November 3, 2011 at Samabula, she engaged directly or indirectly in a transaction involving proceeds amounting to a total sum of $50,000 which was transferred from one ANZ bank account to another ANZ bank account knowing or ought to have reasonably known that the money is derived directly and or indirectly from some form of unlawful activity.

Mr Singh appealed for bail and told the court that Verma was admitted at the Colonial Memorial War Hospital in Suva and she discharged herself to appear for her other case in Nasinu Magistrate’s Court.

Police prosecutor Walter Taito told the court that they respected her age and understood her medical conditions, but she needed to remain in custody for further investigation by Samabula Police Station officers.

Verma also has a pending case in Nasinu Court where she is accused in a case of forgery.

She also has a dual citizenship with an Australian residential status.

Magistrate Mua had told the court earlier the suspect would be remanded in Police custody for further investigations before she would appear for her bail application.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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