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Court Briefly

Court Briefly
June 20
11:00 2017

Woman charged with arson bailed

The 26 year old woman charged with arson of the Cakaudrove Provincial Council building earlier this month has been bailed.

The accused, Ateca Basalusalu, who made her first court appearance, appeared before Resident Magistrate Jeremaia Savou at the Savusavu Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

According to information provided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutor, Basalusalu on 7 June 2017, at Savusavu in the Northern Division, had unlawfully set fire to the Cakaudrove Provincial Council Building.

The accused was released on a bail of $500 with strict conditions.

Her father acted as surety.

This case has been transferred to the High Court in Labasa on the July 3, 2017.


Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



Law enforcement agencies undergo extensive courses

Forty-one officers from the Fiji Police Force and law enforcement agencies are taking part in the 3rd Annual National Prosecution Course at Nasova.

The six- week long course Advanced National Prosecution course is a follow up to the Basic Prosecution Course which was launched earlier this year.

This six-week course is a combination of theory and practical exercises designed to further hone prosecutors’ trial preparation skills and advocacy at the bar table.

While opening the course the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, reminded participants that the work of a prosecutor requires dedication, loyalty and commitment beyond the 8am to 4pm, 5 day a week schedule.

The ANPC is an intensive course facilitated by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions will end on 28 July 2017.

Participating are 24 officers from the Fiji Police Summary Prosecutions Division and 17 law enforcement agents from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry, the Ministry of Labour, the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF), the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority, the Fiji Commerce Commission, the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption and the Lami and Nausori Town Councils.

Principal Legal Officers Seini K. Puamau and Yogesh Prasad are convening the course on behalf of the ODPP and they will be assisted by State Counsel from the ODPP throughout the six week course.

Source: Office of the Director Public Prosecution


Sum up for Colombian drug accused case today

High Court Judge, Justice Thushara Rajasinghe will sum up today the case of a Colombian national charged with unlawful importation of illicit drugs, namely, cocaine.

The retrial of Aiden Alec Hurtado, who was alleged to have imported 20.5 kilogrammes of cocaine into Fiji in 2014, had started on June 5.

Hurtado was acquitted of the charge in November 2015, after which a re-trial was ordered following a successful appeal by the State prosecution.

Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Michael Delaney earlier had told the court that four containers of drugs were found in Hurtado’s bag, alleging that he had agreed to bring them from Brazil.

He had alleged that according to the facts of the case, it revealed that the bag was allegedly supposed to be given to someone in Sydney, Australia, upon his arrival there.

The accused is represented by Samanunu Vaniqi.


Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



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