Third Accused For Ammo Find Refused Bail
The t-shirt of the third accused charged in relation to the discovery of arms and ammunition was allegedly found inside the bag containing the 179 rounds of live M16 bullets.
This was revealed by Divisional Prosecuting Officer West, Assistant Superintendent Anil Prasad, during his submission against granting bail to accused Vijay Singh, 46, who appeared before Magistrate Rangajeeva Wimalasena in the Lautoka Magistrates Court yesterday.
Singh, the mechanic of the boat that was carrying the ammunitions, was arrested on January 8 and charged with one count of possessions of arms and ammunitions without a license.
In his further submissions, ASP Prasad said that the prosecution had witnesses who were working with the accused.
He said some witnesses had come forward to assist in the investigations.
ASP Prasad stated that the prosecution was seeking to amalgamate Singh’s charges with the first two accused, businessman Aiyaz Mohammed Musa Umarji, and his employee Naushad Ali, who appeared in court on Monday.
The discovery of the ammunitions has created fear among the people and caused alarm in a developing country like Fiji, ASP Prasad added.
He told court that such people should be kept in confined places, away from the society.
On the other hand, Singh’s lawyer, Mark Anthony, submitted that the accused had an unblemished record and this was the first time he had been inside a court.
Mr Anthony said his client had co-operated with Police investigations and had surrendered himself to the Police voluntarily.
He said the only aim for the accused was to get to the bottom of the investigation.
In addition, Mr Anthony said his client had cash on hand for bail bond and sureties.
He said his client was a heart patient and such places in remand were not good for him and that he was looking after his 11-year-old daughter.
Mr Anthony submitted that the accused be released under strict bail conditions with all travel documents of him being surrendered.
In response however, ASP Prasad said, this was not the first time a patient with heart problems was taken into custody and prison authorities had the means to take a person to the hospital should he be sick.
Magistrate Wimalasena declined bail and remanded Singh until January 23 when he will next appear in court.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika