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State Files Consolidated Information For Australian Couple Nikolics

State Files Consolidated Information For Australian Couple Nikolics
Defence lawyer Rajesh Gordon with John and Yvette Nikolic outside the Lautoka High Court. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
August 29
11:24 2018

The State yesterday filed a consolidated information concerning the Australian couple, Yvette Dianne Nikolic and John Geoffrey Nikolic at the High Court in Lautoka before Justice Aruna Aluthge.

Yvette and John were charged after drugs, arms and ammunition were found on a yacht at Port Denerau Marina, Nadi on 22 June 2018. They have pleaded not guilty to their charges.

The couple are jointly charged with one count of possession of illicit drugs and one count of failure to declare arms and ammunitions to a customs officer while John Nikolic is additionally charged with one count of unlawful importation of illicit drugs.

It is alleged that John Nikolic imported 12.9 kilograms of cocaine and the couple had in their possession 34.4 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine tablets with an estimated total value of between $20 to $30 million.

It is also alleged that they failed to declare that they had in their possession one 9 millimetre Smith and Wesson pistol with 62 rounds of ammunition and one revolver with 41 rounds of ammunition.

The matter has been adjourned to September 11, 2018 for pre-trial conference.

Yvette and John have been further remanded in custody.

fonua.talei@fijisun.com.fj

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