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Sorry no internet, phone: Court

By LITIA MATHEWSELL An American citizen in custody was yesterday reminded by the High Court in Lautoka that internet and phone access was disallowed for all remanded persons. Gregory Wilcox
08 Mar 2014 08:19

By LITIA MATHEWSELL

An American citizen in custody was yesterday reminded by the High Court in Lautoka that internet and phone access was disallowed for all remanded persons.
Gregory Wilcox Strives faces a charge of possessing illicit drugs after 3.79 kilograms of methamphetamine was found in his suitcase in Nadi while transiting to Australia on February 2.
Strives, 60, said information on his defence was on the internet and that prison authorities were not giving him online access.
“You are in Fiji and the rights given to one prisoner must be given to all,” Justice Sudharshana De Silva told the accused.
“If all prisoners are allowed access to the internet and to make phone calls, it will be costly and such costs cannot be taken by the Government. There is equal treatment for all and you cannot get internet access right now.”
Strives said he wanted to talk to someone about the issue and was advised that he could speak to Legal Aid, who were not able to attend to him in court because of a workshop in Suva.
Strives, who is yet to take a plea, will be given full disclosures next week and is due to reappear on March 14.




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