Prose­cu­tor: Fur­ther In­ves­ti­ga­tions On­go­ing on Drugs Con­spir­acy

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: ashna.ku­[email protected]­jisun.com.fj

The State prose­cu­tor from the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions has told the High Court in Suva that fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing in re­la­tion to a con­spir­acy of al­leged il­licit drugs.

Prose­cu­tor Juleen Fa­ti­aki told this to Judge Jus­tice Daniel Goundar in the case of a 32-year-old farmer who is al­leged to have mur­dered a New Zealand na­tional in May this year.

Ru­si­ate So­go­tubu Rai­walui ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Goundar yesterday, rep­re­sented by lawyer Fil­imoni Vosarogo. Rai­walui is fac­ing one count of mur­der.

It is al­leged that on May 8, 2019, at Qe­leya Road in Lami, Suva, Rai­walui mur­dered New Zealand na­tional Ashkan Farsani Rik­thegazader. Mr Rik­thegazader was a busi­ness­man in­volved in the ex­port of agri­cul­tural pro­duce.

He was found near the Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency Ward with stab wounds and at­tempts by med­i­cal per­son­nel to re­vive him proved fu­tile.

Mr Rik­thegazader was seen be­ing dropped off in a sil­ver-grey Prius, which was later found aban­doned at Tacirua, Suva.

Mr Rik­thegazader was stay­ing at a ho­tel in Suva and was iden­ti­fied by a friend.

Ms Fa­ti­aki told the court that she had filed and served fur­ther dis­clo­sures in the mat­ter.

She also told the court that in re­la­tion to any other pos­si­ble charges, fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing in re­la­tions to the con­spir­acy of al­leged il­licit drugs.

She sought for four weeks to ad­vise the court on the same as the in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing. The mat­ter has been ad­journed for pre-trial con­fer­ence to Oc­to­ber 25.

Rai­walui has been fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

Ru­si­ate So­go­tubu Rai­walui (sec­ond from left) out­side the High Court in Suva on Au­gust 28, 2019.

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