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.

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ILAIJIA RAVUWAI SUVA Edited by Su­sana Tuilau

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

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