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Cypriot Brothers Engage New Defence Lawyer

Two Cyprus nationals charged with money laundering have engaged Lautoka-based lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh to defend them in the High Court in Suva. Brothers Loizos Petridis, 42, and Cleanthis Petridis,
31 Oct 2018 12:39
Cypriot Brothers Engage New Defence Lawyer

Two Cyprus nationals charged with money laundering have engaged Lautoka-based lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh to defend them in the High Court in Suva.

Brothers Loizos Petridis, 42, and Cleanthis Petridis, 46, face charges involving the withdraw­al of money from automated teller machines (ATMs) in Suva.

On the first count of money laundering, it is alleged that be­tween December 12 and Decem­ber 19, 2017, they were allegedly engaged directly or indirectly in procuring $95,590, which were proceeds of crime, while know­ing it was derived from some form of unlawful activity.

For the second count of at­tempt to obtain property by deception, it is alleged that be­tween December 13 and 19, 2017, they procured $41,540 from the Bank South Pacific with the in­tention to permanently deprive BSP of the amount.

They denied the last count of possession of property suspect­ed of being proceeds of crime between December 12 and De­cember 19, 2017. They allegedly possessed $2039 suspected of be­ing proceeds of crime.

Justice Thushara Rajasin­ghe and State lawyer Saif Shah from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions spent much of Monday’s proceedings discussing whether the charges should be amended.

Justice Rajasinghe’s conten­tion was that the charge should be amended to stealing because it involved taking money from bank accounts, while Mr Shah was adamant that the charge re­main as money laundering.

The matter has been adjourned to December 6 for hearing.

The accused have been re­manded in custody.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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