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Court Briefly
September 15
09:32 2017

3 accused in possession of drug to front Court

Three men who were arrested during three separate drug raids in Cakaudrove Province early this week will be produced today (Friday) at Savusavu Magistrate’s Court.

This was confirmed by Police spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio yesterday.

“Three men are in custody following separate raids conducted by Police officers from the Savusavu Police Station on September 12,” Inspector Qio said.

“The first raid was conducted in Naqere, Savusavu whereby a 34-year-old man was arrested after sachets, branches and leaves believed to be marijuana were found in his possession.

In the second raid conducted in Viani, a man is in custody after seedlings and plants believed to be marijuana were found on his farm.”

“The third raid conducted in Karoko resulted in the arrest of a 22-year-old man after plants believed to be marijuana was uprooted from his farm,” he said.

“The drugs are currently placed at Labasa Police Station and analysed by specialists.”

SHRATIKA SINGH

Edited by Mohammed Ali

 

Dakuidreketi appeal dismissed

Keni Dakuidreketi’s appeal on his sentence and conviction was dismissed yesterday by the Suva Court of Appeal.

The matter was heard before the Court of Appeal President, Justice William Calanchini, Justice Eric Basnayake and Justice Janaka Bandara.

Justice Clanchini said the appeal was without merit and should be dismissed.

Dakuidreketi, a businessman and former general manager of the then Native Land Trust Board, was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption on five counts of abuse of office. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on August 6, 2014. He also received a non-parole period of five years.

 

Jessica Savike

Edited by Naisa Koroi

 

Court orders Vakaloloma’s disclosure

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili has ruled that lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma has to disclose discussions he had with prisoner Benjamin Padarath when he was his counsel.

The matter was called for ruling on the issue of privilege.

Mr Ratuvili said that Vakaloloma was a defense witness and he could answer to questions on discussions between him and Padarath at the time of the offence when Vakaloloma was the solicitor for Padarath.

Padarath and Vakaloloma are charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption for one count each of forgery.

It is alleged that between October 14-December 31, 2009, Padarath and Vakaloloma forged the Articles of Association of BECP Engineering Construction Fiji Ltd.

They had allegedly created a page and altered the particulars of subscribers from the address of Adishwar Padarath to the address of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Vakaloloma is alleged to have signed as a witness to the signature while Padarath is alleged to have signed as one of the subscribers.

FICAC counsel Rashmi Aslam and Defense Counsel for Vakaloloma, Jolame Uludole had filed simultaneous submissions on this matter.

The case has been adjourned to October 17, for defence to continue its case with Vakaloloma taking the stand.

Jessica Savike

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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