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Keep Out Of Trouble, Lateef Told In Court

Lateef is facing two counts of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and one count of breach of bail conditions.
14 May 2019 10:10
Keep Out Of Trouble, Lateef Told In Court
Shazran Abdul Lateef with lawyer (right) Devanesh Sharma outside Court. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Magistrate Waleen George has ordered a Suva lawyer, Shazran Abdul Lateef who is facing drug charges, to keep out of trouble.

Lateef is facing two counts of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and one count of breach of bail conditions.

He was arrested and charged following a raid in a hotel room in Suva last week.

The accused was found with white substances and dried leaves which were later tested positive as methamphetamine and marijuana.

It is also alleged that Lateef, being an accused person of a case before the Magistrates Court in Suva, breached one of the bail conditions by re-offending.

Police Prosecutor Constable Walter Taito told the court that he was instructed to object to the bail on the grounds that the accused had similar pending matters before the court.

Defence lawyer Avinesh Reddy told the court that the accused had other matters before the court. He also told the court that travel documents were surrendered to the Magistrates Court on his earlier case.

Magistrate George told the accused that she would grant him bail and told him to keep out of trouble. She also told the accused that if he appeared in court again on a fresh charge, there was high chance he would be remanded in custody.

Lateef was granted bail on the bail bond sum of $200. He was ordered not to reoffend while on bail, not to interfere with any prosecution witnesses and reside at a fixed residential address in Raiwai.

The case was adjourned to June 17 for plea.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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