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COVID-19: Walk Of Shame; 75 Arrested Appear In Court

  Police arrested 134 people on Saturday night for breaching the nationwide curfew and social gathering restrictions. This figure brings the total number of arrests to 482 since the COVID-19
06 Apr 2020 11:21
COVID-19: Walk Of Shame; 75 Arrested Appear In Court
Some of the people who were arrested for allegedly breaking the nationwide curfew on Saturday night were outside the Nasinu courthouse on April 5, 2020. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

 

Police arrested 134 people on Saturday night for breaching the nationwide curfew and social gathering restrictions.

This figure brings the total number of arrests to 482 since the COVID-19 nationwide curfew was imposed on March 30.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, in a press conference on Saturday, said such behaviour by people was “irresponsible, un-Fijian, and just plain stupid”.

Mr Bainimarama has warned the nation that a 24-hour nationwide curfew would be imposed if people continue to display such an attitude.

“If we don’t see our fever testing numbers go dramatically up, and we don’t see the numbers of our curfew and quarantine violations go dramatically down, we will initiate a 24-hour curfew. Stay home and save lives,” he said.

75 Arrested Appear In Court 

Seventy-five people were produced in special court sittings around the country yesterday.

The accused persons are each charged with one count of disobedience of lawful order, for allegedly breaching the nationwide curfew and restrictions.

Nasinu

Twenty-one men and two juveniles appeared before Magistrate Sufia Hamza at the Nasinu Magistrates Court yesterday.

They were alleged to have breached the COVID-19 nationwide curfew in the Central Division on Saturday night.

The accused are Sekope Cokanasiga, Aisake Bureso, Josaia Dawai, Waisake Tabua, Daniel Gounder, Amit Kumar, Shalee Nathan, Sosiceni Rokola, Peni Batiniu, Lasarusa Vakananumi, Amit Sharma, Mosese Nakuru, Dakesh Chand, Savirio Saleleyawa, Mataiasi Navuco, Kevin Sami, James Tuqilai, Dinesh Ram, Rajeenal Deo, Emori Tuitavua and Nemani Frank.

Magistrate Hamza granted bail for the accused persons with a bail bond of $200, and ordered a fresh bail for the juveniles.

The case was adjourned to July 6.

Suva

Twenty people fronted the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Appearing before Resident Magistrate Asanga Bodaragama was Jekope Savanatabua, Vatilia Bale, Josefa Are, Avolesi Sese, Seveti Luvenitoga, John Hazelman, Saimeni Balelevuka, Simione Raturaga and Manish Singh.

The accused persons were granted bail with $500 bond except for Singh, who was remanded with a bench warrant for absconding bail.

They were not to re-offend, and were placed on curfew from 6pm until 6am.

Luvenitoga, Hazelman and Raturaga are to appear in court on July 20, while Savanatabua, Bale, Are, and Sese are to appear in court on June 30.

In a separate sitting, Waisea Volavola, Vilimoni Dakuwaqa, Josefa Toga, Alena Nacera, Melaci Tikomairaratogo, George Leilalamo, Rajneel Kumar, Laloata Togoloa, Feremo Cagivalu and Josefa Buliwaqa and a juvenile appeared before Magistrate Deepika Prakash.

Volavola, Dakuwaqa, Toga, Nacera and Tikomairaratogo were charged with disobedience of lawful order.

Leilalamo, Kumar, Togoloa and Cagivalu were charged with disobedience of lawful order.

Buliwaqa was remanded in custody for a previous rape attempt charge.

The accused persons are to reappear in court on June 29.

Arrested members of the public who were caught breaching curfew appeared in court on April 5, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Arrested members of the public who were caught breaching curfew appeared in court on April 5, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Nadi

Twenty-three people appeared before Magistrate Siromi Turaga at the Nadi Magistrates Court each charged with one count of disobedience of lawful order.

It is alleged the accused breached the Saturday night nationwide curfew.

The accused were Shalvin Nadan, Zafar Ali, Kavneel Gounder, Abdul Ashram, Sakiusa Roakani, Tomasi Naitoni, Simione Korociri, Viliame Ratumaiyale, Mohammad Shimran, Sajeshwan Reddy, Esala Vegudru, Timoci Kanalagi, Leba Kailawadoko, Isei Cavu, Peceli Gale, Anare Volanavanua, Savenaca Leduru, Isireli Nakoro, Tomasi Naitoni, Alifereti Dere, Lasarusa Buli, Apakuki Nakoro and Wong Xang.

Magistrate Turaga emphasised the importance of following directives issued by the Prime Minister in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bail of $300 was granted for all the accused.

They were ordered not to reoffend and were placed on court appointed curfew from 6pm to 6am and required not to leave their homes during the said time.

The matter was adjourned to June 15, except for Roakani who will reappear in court on April 9.

Meanwhile, in Navua five men were arrested for allegedly breaching social gathering restrictions.

They are expected to appear at Navua Magistrates Court this morning.

Some of the people who were charged with breaking the nationwide curfew on Saturday night, being escorted by Police officers to the Nadi Magistrates Court on April 5, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Some of the people who were charged with breaking the nationwide curfew on Saturday night, being escorted
by Police officers to the Nadi Magistrates Court on April 5, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Lautoka

Nine people appeared before Magistrate Samuela Qica at the Ba Magistrates Court.

Sowani Matalomani, Basilio Tinalevu, Waisale Sautu, Jope Rauga, Josevata Cagikece, Morosio Naiqiso, Esava Nabuta, Sowane Saurewa and Samuela Lumelume were granted bail under the condition that each pay a bail bond of $300, provide a surety each, not to reoffend while on bail, not to relocate, not to interfere with state witnesses and to report to the Ba Police Station every Wednesday between 6am to 6pm.

Magistrate Qica adjourned the cases to June 6 for mention.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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