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Lawyer, 57, On Illicit Drug Charge

Fifty-seven-year-old Suva lawyer Shazran Abdul Lateef was released on $5000 personal bail and $5000 surety bail in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday. He is charged with one count of being
10 Aug 2018 10:00
Lawyer, 57, On Illicit Drug Charge
Shazran Abdul Lateef outside court on August 9, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei

Fifty-seven-year-old Suva lawyer Shazran Abdul Lateef was released on $5000 personal bail and $5000 surety bail in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

He is charged with one count of being found in possession of illicit drugs.

It is alleged that on August 7, 2018, at about 6pm a team of Police officers raided a prominent Suva hotel after receiving a tip-off.

The accused was allegedly found with 0.0136 grams of Methamphetamine, an illicit drug.

He was represented by defence lawyer Pravesh Sharma, who presented two friends of the accused as his sureties and surrendered his passport in court.

Mr Sharma confirmed receiving the accused’s disclosures.

Police prosecutor Corporal Raymond Filipe did not object to bail being granted.

However, he requested if strict bail conditions could be imposed against the accused.

Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekara released Lateef on bail.

He ordered Lateef not to offend, not to interfere with prosecution witnesses and not to change his residential address without informing the court.

The case has been adjourned to September 12, 2018, for his plea to be taken.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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