Court grants bail on claims of rights being breached
Chief Magistrate Ratuvili had indicated that there was a serious breach of their constitutional rights and that a civil case against the Fiji Police Force could be pursued by the five accused.
Magistrates Court in Suva has granted bail to five people facing drug offence charges after they claimed their constitutional rights were breached.
Ali Hassan, Vishek Roshal Sharma, Francis Sangeeta Devi, Zaharan Ali and Nilesh Vikash Prasad appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili on Monday.
The five accused persons are jointly charged with one count of unlawful importation of illicit substances namely methamphetamine from the Suva Post Office. Chief Magistrate Ratuvili had
indicated that there was a serious breach of their constitutional rights and that a civil case against the Fiji Police Force could be pursued by the five accused.
Four of them were held in Police custody since Wednesday last week, while Sharma was brought in for questioning on Thursday. It is alleged that between August 5 and August 20 of this month at the Suva Post Office in the central division, without lawful authority the five accused persons imported 222.68 grams of methamphetamine.
The five have been told not to interfere with key witnesses and to surrender travel documents.
Chief Magistrate Ratuvili also imposed other strict bail conditions and granted bail on surety bond of $300 each.
A stop departure order was also issued and will be given to the Director of Immigration.
The five accused persons will reappear in court on October
23 for mention.