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Charge Ruling Today: Prosecution Files Amended Charges For Cypriot Brothers

Loizos and Cleanthis were facing charges of one count each of money laundering, of attempt to obtain property by deception and of possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.
05 Sep 2019 17:06
Charge Ruling Today: Prosecution Files Amended Charges For Cypriot Brothers
Lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo with clients Loizos Petridis and Cleanthis Petridis outside the High Court in Suva on September 04, 2019.

The High Court in Suva will deliver its ruling in the case of two Cyprus brothers who were previous­ly facing money laundering charges today.

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

The two brothers, represented by lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo, appeared before Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe yesterday.

The state prosecution was rep­resented by Jayneeta Prasad and Saif Shah from the Office of the DPP.

Loizos and Cleanthis were facing charges of one count each of money laundering, of attempt to obtain property by deception and of possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

However, the DPP had filed an amended Information in the matter yesterday.

They are now facing one count each of obtaining property by deception, of attempt to obtain property by deception and of possession of property suspect­ed of being proceeds of crimes.

Ms Prasad told the court that as per the amended charges, the prosecution was of the view that as the matter was initially transferred by the learned Mag­istrate on the charge of money laundering the High Court did not have any jurisdiction to hear the matter as the jurisdic­tion was from the money laun­dering charges.

Mr Vosarogo agreed with the prosecution’s submission.

Justice Rajasinghe adjourned the matter to today (Thursday) to deliver his ruling.

Both brothers were further re­manded.

The charges:

Obtaining property by decep­tion: It is alleged that the broth­ers, between December 12 and December 19, 2017, at Suva, by deception, dishonestly obtained $12,500 from Bank of the South Pacific with the intention of permanently depriving BSP of the said amount.

Attempt to obtain property by deception: It is alleged that be­tween December 12 and Decem­ber 19, 2017, at Suva, both broth­ers by deception attempted to dishonestly obtain $17,900 from Bank of South Pacific, with the intention of permanently depriving the bank of the said amount.

Possession of property sus­pected of being proceeds of crime: It is alleged that the brothers, between December 12 and December 19, 2017, at Suva, possessed $203,011 that may rea­sonably be suspected of being proceeds of crime.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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