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Nikolic Drug Case: Fiji Customs Gives Evidence on What Officers Found on Yacht

Ms Toga said during their search, 65 tablets of illicit drugs were found which were grey in color with a signature on each pill. She told the court that one of the crew members, Geoffrey Hassle, had handed her a stainless steel flask he said he had found in the washroom.
12 Feb 2019 10:00
Nikolic Drug Case: Fiji Customs Gives Evidence on What Officers Found on Yacht
John Nikolic and Yvette Nikolic outside court.

The prosecution’s 9th and 10th witnesses gave an account of what their officers allegedly found on the yacht, Shenanigans, owned by an Australian couple.

John Nikolic and Yvette Nikolic are on trial for drug trafficking and possessing arms without licence.

The witness, Vasiti Toga, from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), gave evidence in day six of the trial of the Nikolics.

High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar is presiding over the trial.

The couple are facing two counts each for importing illicit drugs, possessing illicit drugs and one count of possessing arms and ammunition without holding an arms licence.

What they found

Ms Toga said during their search, 65 tablets of illicit drugs were found which were grey in color with a signature on each pill.

She told the court that one of the crew members, Geoffrey Hassle, had handed her a stainless steel flask he said he had found in the washroom.

Prosecution’s tenth witness, also from FRCS, Niko Rokodravu, told the court that they had questioned John Nikolic on his failure of not declaring the items which were found on their yacht.

He said in response, John had said, his wife and crew members were not aware of the items onboard.

Mr Rokodravu said the couple had co-operated with the search and boarding team and the 13 bars of illicit drugs were tested which resulted to be cocaine.

The incident took place on June 22, 2018, at Port Denarau Marina, Nadi.

The trial continues at 10am today.

The prosecution was represented by ODPP lawyer Shelyn Kiran and Assistant DPP Lee Burney.

The two defence lawyers are Ronald Gordon, who is representing Yvette Nikolic, and Wasu Pillay, who is representing John Nikolic.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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