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Prosecution To Amend Information

Prosecution To Amend Information
The Cypus nationals outside the Suva High Court on August 28, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei.
August 29
11:02 2018

Prosecution in a money laundering case involving two Cyprus nationals will amend the information within the next two weeks and file it in the High Court registry.

This was confirmed yesterday in the High Court in Suva after the two accused men Loizos Petridis, 42, and Cleanthis Petridis, 46, appeared before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe for their substantive matter and ruling on their second bail application.

They are represented by private lawyer Mark Anthony who said they had made representations to the Prosecution regarding the charges against his clients however, he was yet to receive a response from them.

State lawyer Mezabeen Khan appeared on instructions from the officer in carriage of the file Mr Saif Shah.

Justice Rajasinghe told Ms Khan that he was concerned about the part of the charge regarding proceeds of crime. He then mentioned that he wanted to fix the case for trial in April next year and extend it to a few weeks in May. He added that more than a month was needed to complete the trial.

Furthermore, Justice Rajasinghe refused the accused’s second bail application on the grounds that there was a likelihood that the two men would not surrender themselves to Court for their case, that they were charged with a serious offence and there was no change in the circumstances presented in their application.

Mr Anthony was asked if there was a need for an interpreter during trial to assist the two men, but he said his clients understood English.

The Cyprus nationals have been remanded in custody and their case has been adjourned to September 20, 2018 for mention.

Charges:

On the first count of money laundering, the two brothers denied that between December 12-19, 2017 they were allegedly engaged directly or indirectly in procuring $95,590 which were proceeds of crime while knowing it was derived from some form of unlawful activity.

For the second count of attempt to obtain property by deception, they denied that between December 13-19, 2017 they procured $41,540 from Bank South Pacific with the intention of permanently depriving BSP of the amount.

They also denied the last count of possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime that between December 12-19, 2017 they allegedly possessed $2039 suspected of being proceeds of crime.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

fonua.talei@fijisun.com.fj

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