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 No Pressure On Murder Accused, Says Investigating Officer

 No Pressure On Murder Accused, Says Investigating Officer
 Murder accused Imshad Ali (left) who is alleged to have killed his 34-year-old de facto partner in Samabula.
May 25
11:57 2018



The Criminal Investigating officer Maha Ram, who led investigations into a Samabula murder on Novem­ber 1, 2009, told the High Court yesterday that they did not put pressure on the ac­cused during his caution interview.

Mr Ram gave evidence before Justice Vin­sent Perera during day two of the trial.

Accused Imshad Ali, 38, is alleged to have murdered his de facto partner Rajeshni Deo Sharma, 34, in their Samabula home.

Ms Sharma was employed as a Kinder­garten teacher when the alleged incident happened.

During cross examination by defence lawyer Abhay Singh, it was put to Mr Ram that he forced Ali to cooperate with him and confess to a crime that he did not com­mit.

Mr Ram responded saying that was not right. He testified that the accused was kept in custody on November 13, 2009, but he could not recall if he was wearing the same clothes the next day.

Mr Ram said he informed the Samabula Police Station orderly to allow visitors to see Ali in his cell when they visit him.

Mr Singh asked Mr Ram if the same di­rective was entered into the Station Diary to which he said it was not.

Trial continues in the Suva High Court today.

The accused has been remanded in cus­tody.

Office of the Director of Public Prosecu­tions lawyer Meli Vosawale is prosecuting the case.

Edited by Percy Kean




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