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Kadavu 2 Charged With Cultivating One Tonne Drugs

Two Kadavu men who appeared yesterday at the Suva Magistrates Court allegedly cultivated plants believed to be cannabis sativa (marijuana) weighing 1.047 tonne on January 13, 2018. Amani Masikere, 25,
23 Jan 2018 15:33
Kadavu 2 Charged With Cultivating One Tonne Drugs
From right: Amani Masikere and Samuela Natokalau being escorted by a Police officer outside the Suva Magistrates Court on January 22, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei

Two Kadavu men who appeared yesterday at the Suva Magistrates Court allegedly cultivated plants believed to be cannabis sativa (marijuana) weighing 1.047 tonne on January 13, 2018.

Amani Masikere, 25, and Samuela Natokalau, 23, appeared before Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage. The third accused Viliame Kawa, 38, is alleged to have cultivated 15 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa on January 12.

The three men will appear at the Suva High Court on Friday (January 26).

The three were represented by private lawyers.

The case was first called before Magistrate Waleen George yesterday. However Magistrate George said she could not hear the case as the court did not have the jurisdiction to hear it.

The case was earlier transferred to the High Court by the Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili on January 18 when the men were brought from Kadavu after their arrest.

Magistrate George said High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe had made a ruling saying that all drug matters must be heard in the Magistrates Court regardless of any rulings or orders made.

Magistrate Liyanage further remanded the accused men in custody and transferred the case to the High Court.

He also made orders for Masikerei to be escorted to the hospital for a medical check.

All three men have been further remanded in custody.

They have been advised to file their bail application in the High Court.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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