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Bail refused for trafficking suspects

By ARISHMA DEVI The High Court of Fiji at Suva yesterday declined the bail application of two Asian nationals accused of human trafficking. The third accused did not file a
06 Oct 2012 09:47

The Asian nationals (front) Sang Yang,Phanat Laojidanmanea and Lum Bing outside the Suva court yesterday. Photo: RAMA

By ARISHMA DEVI

The High Court of Fiji at Suva yesterday declined the bail application of two Asian nationals accused of human trafficking. The third accused did not file a bail application because of language difficulties.
In his ruling, Justice Paul Madigan stated that the men had nowhere to stay in Fiji as their families were abroad and the nature of the offence committed by the three was serious.
The court had heard that Phanat Lagindamanee, Zhang Yong and Lum Bing together with three women were apprehended by Fiji’s Immigration department on September 5 before being charged by the Fiji Police force on September 7.
Justice Madigan heard from Thailand national, Lagindamanee’s lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma that his client was a first time visitor to the shores of Fiji and did not know anybody here and did not understand English either. He insisted that his client was on a business trip to Fiji.
The second accused, Yong represented by Akuila Naco had yet to file his bail application because of language problems. Yong had requested for a Mandarin interpreter. The accused holds a Fijian passport.
Meanwhile, Bing stated that he was in the country on a business trip and was in negotiations with a Savusavu company for seaweed exports. He said his family was in Malaysia and he had no ties in Fiji.
Bing told the court that he met Lagindamanee and three women on a flight from Bangkok to Fiji.
The case has been adjourned to October 17.
Justice Madigan has ordered the defence counsel to look for an interpreter to assist their clients for the next mention date.




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