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Court Order: Amadea Not Allowed To Leave Fiji Waters

The Civil High Court of Suva has granted an order for superyacht Amadea to be restrained from leaving Fijian waters. This order was made by High Court Judge Justice Deepthi Amaratunga yesterday.
20 Apr 2022 08:30
Court Order: Amadea Not Allowed To Leave Fiji Waters
DPP lawyer Jayneeta Prasad outside High Court in Suva on April 19, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Civil High Court of Suva has granted an order for superyacht Amadea to be restrained from leaving Fijian waters.

This order was made by High Court Judge Justice Deepthi Amaratunga yesterday.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Christopher Pryde, filed an ex parte originating summons under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act in the High Court yesterday morning.

 

The DPP sought orders that the motor yacht Amadea be restrained from leaving Fijian waters until the finalisation of an application to register a warrant to seize the property and that a US warrant to seize the Amadea be registered.

 

In court yesterday, counsel from the DPP’s Office, Jayneeta Prasad, told the court that the Attorney-General’s Office had received the mutual assistance request from the US and under Section 31 of the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, the Act allowed the Attorney-General’s Office to authorise by the way of writing to the DPP to make the application.

 

She said the DPP understood that the registration of the US warrant to seize Amadea would take its course in due time, however, she sought for the order from the court to stop Amadea from leaving the Fijian waters.

Ms Prasad said Police had informed the DPP’s Office that the captain of the superyacht had been questioned on what was keeping them in Fiji and that they wished to leave.

She told the court the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service had fined them for some breaches and the superyacht could not leave until the fine was paid.

 

Ms Prasad told the court that the US warrant signed by a US Judge seeking the superyacht to be seized by April 23.

Justice Amaratunga granted the order sought by the DPP to restrain the superyacht Amadea from leaving Fijian waters.

The DPP would also file an application to register a warrant to seize the property and that a US warrant to seize the Amadea be registered and served the same to Haniff and Tuitoga lawyers.

The matter is expected to be called for mention on April 21.

 

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