Crime & Court

Lateef’s Bail Refused

This is the fifth case where Lateef is facing drug charges.
30 Aug 2019 01:31
Lateef’s Bail Refused
Shazran Abdul Lateef

Bail for former lawyer Shazran Abdul Lateef has been refused by the Magistrates Court in Suva.

This is the fifth case where Lateef is facing drug charges.

The 58-year-old appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday for his bail ruling.

Lateef is charged with one count each of finding in possession of an illicit drug and of breach of bail conditions.

For the first offence, it is alleged that Lateef on August 14, this year, in Raiwaqa, Suva, was found in possession of 0.0063 grams of white crystal substances known as methamphetamine, an illicit drug.

For the second offence, it is alleged that Lateef on August 14, this year, being an accused person bailed with conditions on May 7, 2019, by the Magistrates Court in Suva, vide case number 541/19, without reasonable excuse breached one of the conditions by reoffending while on bail.

In the ruling, Chief Magistrate Ratuvili said the court noted that Lateef was currently facing five separate criminal charges at the Magistrates Court in Suva.

“You were on bail when these new allegations arose.

“These factors are important in determining bail, however, they are among a range of separate issues that the Court must consider.

“The last bail ruling was in case number 1068/2019 delivered on July 17, 2019, and all of these same issues were canvassed in that ruling.

“These fresh allegations have arisen a month later.

“This indicates to the Court that there is a higher likelihood of you committing an offence whilst on bail.

“This factor outweighs the other factors in favour of bail, therefore, the Court will refuse the application for bail,” Chief Magistrate Ratuvili said.

He also told Lateef may ask the High Court to review the refusal of bail or he may reapply if there were significant changes in his (Lateef) circumstances.

The substantive matter has been adjourned for mention on September 3.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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