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No Case To Answer Submission Filed

The Defence lawyer for eight former Police officers and one former soldier charged with rape and sexual assault, has submitted in court that his clients have a no case to
29 Oct 2016 11:00
No Case To Answer Submission Filed

The Defence lawyer for eight former Police officers and one former soldier charged with rape and sexual assault, has submitted in court that his clients have a no case to answer.

Iqbal Khan made the submission on behalf of his clients, Manasa Talala, Seruvi Caqusau, Kelevi Sewatu, Penaia Drauna, Filise Vere, Viliame Vereivalu, Jona Davonu, Senitiki Natakasavu, and soldier Pita Matairavula.

Mr Khan’s clients are jointly charged with the two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault against Vilikesa Soko, who was in their custody on August 15, 2014. The alleged incident was linked to the death of Soko.

Talala and Vereivalu are also charged with defeating the case of justice, for allegedly instructing other officers to make false statements.

However, State lawyer, Burney Lee said there was a case to answer and filed submissions accordingly.

In his oral submission, Mr Lee told the High Court in Lautoka that there was circumstantial evidence to the charges for which Mr Iqbal argued against.

For the matter of first accused, Talala, Mr Lee told court that there was also evidence of him defeating the cause of justice and aiding and abetting.

Mr Lee said that even if he did not do anything, but be around the place and not stop what was happening to both Senijeli Boila and Soko, being a boss, Talala encouraged the crime to commission.

He held the same for the second accused, Caqusau who was leading the strike back Lautoka team at the time of the alleged incident.

Mr Lee further said there was evidence that the alleged crime had commissioned and it was these nine or at least some of them who were responsible for it.

High Court judge, Justice Aruna  Aluthge will rule on the submission on November 1.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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