Judge Tells Counsel, 2014 Human Trafficking Case Will Not Drag Further

$52,142 thousand Total sum obtained by Ram and chandra from the 17 complainants
03 Dec 2021 10:09
Judge Tells Counsel, 2014 Human Trafficking Case Will Not Drag Further

The High Court will no longer drag an alleged human trafficking case which took place in 2014.

High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said it was time to work on the finalisation to proceed with the trial which begins from April 11 to May 26, 2022.

He ordered both counsels to provide proposed admitted facts by December 24 and to meet for a pre-trial conference on January 21.

This is in the case of Seta Sanjana Ram and Geeta Anjana Chandar who are charged with 16 counts of obtaining property by deception, 17 counts of trafficking in persons, and two counts of money laundering.

The two were alleged to have facilitated the exit of 17 Fijian citizens who were exploited and became victims of human trafficking in New Zealand between April and November 2014 and in facilitating the exit, were reckless as to whether the complainants would be exploited either by them or another person.

For the money laundering charges, it is alleged that Ram between February 2014 and May 2014, engaged in a transaction involving $2525. He transfered the funds from her Bank of Baroda account to Australia and New Zealand account belonging to Faroz Ali and Chandra.

For obtaining property by deception charges, between April and November 2014, Ram and Chandra obtained a total sum of $52,142 from the 17 complainants.

The case will be called for mention on January 26, 2022.



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