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Nikolic Drug Case: Defense Lawyer Claims Client Was Not Involved In Transactions

Defence lawyer Ronald Gordon, cross-examined Fiji Police Force detective Acting Corporal Aten Prasad, on the Day Seven trial in the case of Australian couple Yvette Nikolic and John Nikolic.
13 Feb 2019 10:00
Nikolic Drug Case:  Defense Lawyer Claims Client Was Not Involved In Transactions
John Nikolic and Yvette Nikolic outside the High Court in Suva on February 12, 2019. Photo: Ashna

During a cross-examination yesterday, a defence lawyer established that his client was not involved in the transfer of funds involving more than $38,400.

Defence lawyer Ronald Gordon, cross-examined Fiji Police Force detective Acting Corporal Aten Prasad, on the Day Seven trial in the case of Australian couple Yvette Nikolic and John Nikolic.

The two are on trial for drug trafficking and possessing arms and ammunition without licence.

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

Mr Prasad, who was at the scene at the time, told the court that a log book and a black file was given to him by an investigating officer which contained wire transaction invoices.

This involved transfers to the tune of $38,400.

Mr Gordon questioned Acting Corporal Prasad whether the wiring of funds involved Yvette Nikolic or the yacht to which Mr Prasad replied she had no involvement.

Then Mr Gordon questioned the witness to confirm if the invoices of the wire transfers were made under John Nikolic’s name and not his client’s. To this Mr Prasad said yes.

Prior to cross examination by defence lawyers, during his examination in chief, Mr Prasad, who is the prosecution’s 11th witness told the court that on June 22, 2018, at Port Denarau Marina, Nadi, he saw John Nikolic lying motionless next to his wife Yvette Nikolic and another crew member.

It was heard that he had attempted suicide.

He also told the court that on June 23, 2018, the bag which was sealed had contained ten bars of cocaine, three bars of cocaine were wrapped in Customs seal, 65 ecstasy tablets, two plastic containers and a stainless steel flask which were taken to the Forensic department before it was collected, sealed and kept in the evidence room for safekeeping.

Mr Prasad told the court that the bag was sealed and transported from Namaka Police Station to Totogo Police Station in Suva on January 27 before the trial commenced.

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 Mr Gordon who is representing Yvette Nikolic, and Wasu Pillay who is represent- ing John Nikolic.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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