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High Court judge reverts case to lower court

Suva High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe ruled yesterday that the order made by a magistrate on March 19, 2018 to transfer an ammunition charge file to the High Court
28 Mar 2018 10:34
High Court judge reverts case  to lower court

Suva High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe ruled yesterday that the order made by a magistrate on March 19, 2018 to transfer an ammunition charge file to the High Court was wrong in law.

He made the ruling while presiding over the ammunition review case which was filed by the accused’s lawyer Iqbal Khan.

Mr Khan is representing the 55-year-old local musician Samuela Waqa, who is charged with one count of possession of arms and ammunition without a licence.

Justice Rajasinghe remitted the file back to the Magistrates Court to continue the criminal proceedings as the review in the High Court was only based on the refusal of the accused’s bail in the Magistrates Court on March 15, 2018.

The case was called in the High Court yesterday for Justice Rajasinghe to deliver his ruling on the review application.

However, the ruling was deferred to April 18, 2018 and the case was adjourned to be called before Magistrate Deepika Prakash on March 29, 2018. Justice Rajasinghe said he intended to write a detailed ruling on the application.

The accused has since been remanded in custody until then.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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