Crime & Court

$31M Drug Trial: Rahman Tells Court He Was Unaware Drugs Were At Home

Rahman told the court that during the search on the night of February 14, 2019, there were no drugs or notes found in his bedroom.
01 Apr 2021 09:45
$31M Drug Trial: Rahman Tells Court He Was Unaware Drugs Were At Home
Joshua Aziz Rahman escorted by the Police Special Response Unit officers outside the High Court on March 24, 2021. Photo: Ashna Kumar.

Joshua Rahman, who is on trial for charges of possession of illicit drugs, yesterday testified that he was not aware that drugs were in the home he was living in.

The Canadian national is alleged to have had 39 bars of cocaine in Caubati between January 23 and February 14, 2019, worth $31 million in his possession.

Rahman was being cross examined by the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Andrew Jack in a packed courtroom at the High Court in Suva.

Mr Jack asked Rahman if he knew about the importation of methamphetamine on two occasions from the United States of America to Auckland, New Zealand.

Rahman said he was never aware of it and neither was he involved with his father’s drug dealing in New Zealand or in Fiji.

Rahman told the court that he was never released and rearrested as per earlier evidence made by prosecution witnesses.

He said he was kept inside the CID HQ in Suva until he was taken to the Totogo Police Station where he was kept in custody overnight.

Rahman told the court that during the search on the night of February 14, 2019, there were no drugs or notes found in his bedroom.

He claimed that the notes submitted to the court were possibly written by him on instructions of his father, and that his father and he had similar handwritings.

Rahman told the court that he was produced at the Magistrates Court in Nasinu on February 18, 2019, and was placed at the Suva Remand Centre.

He said on two occasions, he was shifted to the Naboro Maximum Prison while he was in remand claiming that he was not aware of the reason why he was shifted.

He told the court that he was at the Naboro Maximum Prison for 126 days in the solitary confinement cell.

The matter has been adjourned for closing arguments today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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