Crime & Court

Magistrates Court Revokes Lateef’s Bail

Bail for former Suva lawyer, Shazran Abdul Lateef, was revoked by the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday.
17 Dec 2019 12:55
Magistrates Court Revokes Lateef’s Bail
Shazran Abdul Lateef outside Magistrates Court in Suva on December 16, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Bail for former Suva lawyer, Shazran Abdul Lateef, was revoked by the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday.

Lateef appeared before Magistrate Joseph Daurewa and is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of illicit drugs.

It is alleged that on August 14, this year, Lateef in Raiwaqa, Suva, was found in possession of 0.0063 grams of white crystal substances botanically known as methamphetamine, and 7.5 grams of an illicit drug.

State prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Eoghan Samisoni, filed and served the amended charges.

He told the court that the State removed the breach of bail conditions charge and added another charge of unlawful possession of illicit drugs.

Magistrate Daurewa said on October 25, this year, the Chief Magistrate in his bail ruling, had stated that if Lateef reoffended and appeared on another charge, his bail would be revoked, the sureties would be summoned and bail bond would be removed.

“In reference for the recent charge, I revoke the bail in this matter. I order that you (Lateef) will be remanded in custody until the determination of this matter,” Magistrate Daurewa said.

The hearing date is set for January 6 to January 8 next year.

In recent charge:

Lateef is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of illicit drugs.

For the first charge, Lateef is alleged to unlawfully possession 4.6 grams of marijuana, an illicit drug.

For the second charge, Lateef is alleged to have unlawfully possessed 1.8 grams of cocaine, an illicit drug.

Lateef was arrested on December 10 following a drug raid conducted by the Police in Suva. He was searched and the alleged drugs were found in his possession.

Lateef had confirmed to the court that he had received full phase disclosures and that he was not ready to take his plea in the matter.

Lateef has been remanded in custody and the matter has been adjourned for mention on December 23.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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