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Two re­cent court re­ports need clar­i­fi­ca­tion and cor­rec­tion.

Lisi­ate Fotofili A re­port on March 17 2016 head­lined “Man who al­legedly knifed wife gets aid” re­ferred to Di­rec­tor of Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tion Lisi­ate Fotofili.

Mr Fotofili is in fact a State coun­sel from the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions. The mat­ter was heard be­fore Jus­tice Priyan­tha Fer­nando.

Semi Babitu, Filipe Kepa A re­port on March 18 head­lined “Kepa fur­ther re­manded” said “State pros­e­cu­tor Semi Babitu re­quested the court for an­other week to serve dis­clo­sure.” Dis­clo­sures have been served. Mr Babitu re­quested an­other date for pre-trial con­fer­ence due to the de­fence coun­sel tak­ing an­nual leave.

The re­port also said Jus­tice Aruna Aluthge ruled for the case to be called again on March 29 for bail rul­ing. Filipe Tui­sawau Koroini­bau Wai Kepa had in fact al­ready been granted bail. But he was un­able to im­me­di­ately pro­vide a surety and was kept in cus­tody. How­ever, he pre­sented a surety and is on bail. The mat­ter has now been ad­journed to 31 March 2016 for pre-trial con­fer­ence. Our apolo­gies. The er­rors are re­gret­ted.

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