State given time to file am­mended charges

Fiji Sun - - NATION - ASHNA KUMAR Edited by Ivamere Nataro

The State pros­e­cu­tion has been given time to file amended charges in the case of two sis­ters fac­ing charges of hu­man traf­fick­ing.

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

Ram ap­peared be­fore Judge Jus­tice

Aruna Aluthge at the High Court in

Suva on Mon­day while her co-ac­cused Chan­dar is cur­rently in Aus­tralia.

The two are al­leged to have fa­cil­i­tated the travel of 17 Fi­jian cit­i­zens who were ex­ploited and be­came vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing in New Zealand be­tween April and Septem­ber 2014 and ob­tained $52,142 from the 17 com­plainants by de­cep­tion.

It is also al­leged that Chan­dar be­tween Septem­ber 2016 and March 2017, dis­posed of $79,991.40 into a Bank South Pa­cific ac­count and be­tween Fe­bru­ary and May 2014, Ram al­legedly dis­posed of $2525 into two Aus­tralia and New

Zealand bank ac­counts that were the pro­ceeds of crime.

State pros­e­cu­tor Swastika Sharma told the court that Chan­dra was charged in ab­sen­tia and that she lived in Aus­tralia.

She said the State was propos­ing to amend the in­for­ma­tion as there were a lot of doc­u­ments in the case.

Jus­tice Aluthge has given time to the State to file the amended in­for­ma­tion. The mat­ter has been ad­journed to July 31 for men­tion.

Bail for Ram has been fur­ther ex­tended.

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