In­dian na­tional’s plea de­ferred

Fiji Sun - - Nation - AQELA SUSU

An In­dian na­tional charged with one count of con­spir­acy to de­fraud to in­flu­ence a pub­lic of­fi­cial has had his plea de­ferred to next Tues­day. Anil Ku­mar ap­peared yes­ter­day be­fore Mag­is­trate Waleen Ge­orge at the Suva Mag­is­trates Court. Ku­mar is al­leged to have con­spired with an­other per­son with the in­ten­tion of dis­hon­estly in­flu­enc­ing Fi­jian im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers in the ex­er­cise of their du­ties in the is­suance of a pass­port. The de­fence yes­ter­day told the court that Ku­mar had been re­manded for 10 months with­out be­ing charged. This was con­firmed to the court by the State and rea­soned that Ku­mar had been re­manded with­out be­ing charged as per the di­rec­tive from the Di­rec­tor of Im­mi­gra­tion. To this, Mag­is­trate Ge­orge said this would be con­sid­ered if Ku­mar would be con­victed of the of­fence and sen­tenced. Ku­mar has been fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody to await his plea date.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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