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Bail Granted For Alleged Brothel Operators

Bail Granted For Alleged Brothel Operators
January 13
15:03 2018

Bail was granted by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday for two persons alleged to have been managing a brothel.

Purnima Singh and Abdullar Sha­hid appeared before Magistrate Waleen George and were allowed overseas travel after they agreed to pay $1000 each cash bail.

It is alleged that between July 1, 2009 to February 19, 2011 the duo were operating a brothel in Suva.

State lawyer Sadaf Shameem said the proposed agreed facts were served to the defence which was confirmed by defence lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma in court.

Mr Vakaloloma requested the court for his clients to travel over­seas on January 16 to attend a workshop and would be away for two weeks. Magistrate George then questioned Mr Vakaloloma wheth­er there was an invitation letter from the workshop hosts to which he said there were none.

He said his clients were going overseas on a business trip to buy items for their business which they operate in Fiji.

Magistrate George then ordered the duo to pay $1000 each in cash bail before they could be allowed to travel which would be refundable upon their return.

She said the two accused persons were charged with serious allega­tions under the Penal Code and the Crimes Decree.

The court heard that they had planned to travel to Singapore and India and would return on Feb­ruary 5, 2018. Their case was ad­journed to February 14 for mention.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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