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Court Extends Bail For Women

  Lawyers in the case against two women charged with three counts of money laundering have been given more time for pre-trial conference. The two women had their bail extended.
07 Apr 2018 10:00
Court Extends Bail For Women

 

Lawyers in the case against two women charged with three counts of money laundering have been given more time for pre-trial conference. The two women had their bail extended.

The two women, Roshneen Praveena Raj and Rine Muanivai Sorby (also known as Lily Sorby), appeared in the High Court in Suva yesterday represented by Legal Aid Commission lawyer Litiana Ratidara.

State lawyer Jayneeta Prasad appeared for the prosecution.

On the first count of money laundering, it is alleged that between June 1, 2006, and February 16, 2011, Raj engaged directly or indirectly in transactions involving Westpac bank account number 71127300.

This was allegedly in relation to the payment of wages of staff of the Pacific Theological College, all to the total sum of $96,576.86, that were the proceeds of crime while knowing or ought to have reasonably known that the money was derived from unlawful activity.

On the second count, it is alleged that between June 1, 2006 and February 16, 2011 Sorby engaged directly or indirectly in transactions involving Westpac bank account number 71127300.

This was allegedly in relation to the payment of wages of staff of PTC, all to the total sum of $73,099.95 that were the proceeds of crime while knowing or ought to have reasonably known that the money was derived from some form of unlawful activity.

For the third count, it is alleged that between March 1, 2010, and November 30, 2012 both women engaged directly or indirectly in transactions involving Westpac bank account 71127300 allegedly in relation to PTC cheques payable to various corporate bodies to the total sum of $412,567.61 that were the proceeds of crime knowing or ought to have reasonably known that the money was derived from some form of unlawful activity.

Both lawyers were advised by Justice Salesi Temo to finalise the agreed facts by the next court date.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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