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Wicked Foreigners Will Face Stiff Punishment, Says Magistrate Azar

Nadi Magistrate Mohammed Azar yesterday gave a strong warning to foreigners with wicked intentions; they would face stiff penalties. “There is a need to send the message to all visitors
15 Oct 2016 09:32
Wicked Foreigners Will Face Stiff Punishment, Says Magistrate Azar
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Nadi Magistrate Mohammed Azar yesterday gave a strong warning to foreigners with wicked intentions; they would face stiff penalties.

“There is a need to send the message to all visitors who come to this beautiful isle of Fiji, with the malicious and wicked intention that they will face stiff punishment,” Magistrate Azar said.

“When people of this country say Bula to a visitor, they welcome the disciplined, law abiding and bona fide visitors and certainly not pre-planned wrongdoers.”

The Nadi magistrate made these comments while sentencing three Chinese nationals Huang Xiaoyan, Wen Rong and Xia Wu who were charged jointly for theft of assets and money amounting to $43,322.89 in September.

He said the charges warranted custodial sentence and imposed nine months imprisonment on each one.

Xiaoyan and Rong who were convicted for another count of theft for a separate matter. They will serve their sentences of five months concurrently.

Magistrate Azar said: “It is true that in recent past this court has imposed suspended sentence to foreigners and ordered for deportation.

“However, considering this the alarming increase of offences committed by those visitors, the courts are no longer flexible.”

He said if not people would start blaming authorities and relaxed visa requirements considering the economic growth and development.

“Thus there is an urgent need for the special and general deterrence, in my view, in order to prevent any future offence. Prevention is better than cure,” he said.

Magistrate Azar said there was a need to signify that the Courts and community denounced the commission of such offences.

“The Courts and people are quite unhappy and disillusioned with this unlawful behaviour of visitors to this country,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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