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Sisters to take plea next month

The two were alleged to have facilitated the travel of 17 Fijian citizens who were exploited and became victims of human trafficking in New Zealand between April and September 2014 and obtained a total of $52,142 from the 17 complainants by deception.
24 Apr 2019 11:00
Sisters to take plea next month

 

A Nausori woman who is facing trafficking and money laundering charges will take plea on May 8.

Seta Sanjana Ram appeared at the High Court in Suva before Justice Riyaz Hamza yesterday.

She is charged with her sister Geeta Anjana Chandar with 17 counts of trafficking in persons, 16 counts of obtaining property by deception and two counts of money laundering.

The two were alleged to have facilitated the travel of 17 Fijian citizens who were exploited and became victims of human trafficking in New Zealand between April and September 2014 and obtained a total of $52,142 from the 17 complainants by deception.

For the money laundering charges, it is alleged that Chandar between September 2016 and March 2017 disposed of $79,991.40 into the Bank of the South Pacific account and between February and May 2014, Ram allegedly disposed of $2,525 into two Australia and New Zealand bank accounts that were the proceeds of the crime.

State prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Bhavna Kantharia told the court that the second accused, Chandar, had left the country while the matter was still before the Magistrates Court.

Justice Hamza then said to the prosecutor to locate Chandar with the assistance from Interpol and file a report regarding the arrest warrant in court on the next date.

The case was adjourned for plea and bail for the accused was further extended.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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