Savusavu health in­spec­tor on drug charge bailed

Fiji Sun - - NATION - Sheik Shi­raz with his mother of Field 40, Lau­toka. Edited by Ranoba Baoa SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Caro­line Ratu­cadra

Aman and his mother are in the mid­dle of a con­tro­versy for al­legedly ob­struct­ing the au­thor­i­ties from do­ing their job.

Sheik Shi­raz of Field 40, Lau­toka is claim­ing Po­lice as­sault when they were served with a bench war­rant for his fa­ther.

Mr Shi­raz claimed that ini­tially they co-op­er­ated with Po­lice but they al­legedly be­came ag­gres­sive when ad­vised to re­move their shoes.

Po­lice Spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said the re­port was re­ceived af­ter 1pm on the same day. How­ever when of­fi­cers reached out to Mr Shi­raz, they were in­formed that he wished to speak with the me­dia first, and not with the Po­lice.

“We re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the bench war­ran­tee (Mr Shi­raz’s fa­ther) for a case of as­sault was sighted at their house and of­fi­cers acted on this in­for­ma­tion,” she said.

“We have the au­thor­ity to en­ter any premises sus­pected of har­bor­ing a bench war­ran­tee.

“The per­son has al­ready com­mit­ted the crime but evad­ing the au­thor­i­ties and that is what the of­fi­cers from Lau­toka were do­ing.

“We will in­ves­ti­gate his claims of as­sault but also look into the is­sue if ob­struc­tion as they did not al­low Po­lice of­fi­cers to con­duct their work.”

Mr Shi­raz said: “We said we just wanted to know where he did the ac­ci­dent and who did he as­sault but they said they were not al­lowed to ex­plain so I asked: ‘Why not? We are his fam­ily?’ When we told them to take off their shoes then they started push­ing us.”

A health in­spec­tor al­legedly found with mar­i­juana in his of­fice and home was bailed by the Mag­is­trates Court in Savusavu yes­ter­day. Jona Rabenaival­u ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Ti­moci Qalin­auci.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Ri­nesh Prasad told the court that the 34-year-old ac­cused was al­legedly found with 108.20 grams of dried leaves in his of­fice and 0.1 gram dried leaves inside his bed­room at Nabauto. The case was ad­journed to May 27 for men­tion.

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