Charge rul­ing to­day: Pros­e­cu­tion files amended charges for Cypriot brothers

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The High Court in Suva will de­liver its rul­ing in the case of two Cyprus brothers who were pre­vi­ously fac­ing money laun­der­ing charges to­day.

This is in the case of Loizos Petridis, 42, and Clean­this Petridis, 46, who face charges in­volv­ing the with­drawal of money from au­to­mated teller ma­chines (ATMs) in Suva. The two brothers, rep­re­sented by lawyer Fil­imoni Vosarogo, ap­peared be­fore Judge Jus­tice Thushara Ra­jas­inghe yes­ter­day. The state pros­e­cu­tion was rep­re­sented by Jayneeta Prasad and Saif Shah from the Of­fice of the DPP.

Loizos and Clean­this were fac­ing charges of one count each of money laun­der­ing, of at­tempt to ob­tain prop­erty by de­cep­tion and of pos­ses­sion of prop­erty sus­pected of be­ing pro­ceeds of crime. How­ever, the DPP had filed an amended In­for­ma­tion in the mat­ter yes­ter­day.

They are now fac­ing one count each of ob­tain­ing prop­erty by de­cep­tion, of at­tempt to ob­tain prop­erty by de­cep­tion and of pos­ses­sion of prop­erty sus­pected of be­ing pro­ceeds of crimes. Ms Prasad told the court that as per the amended charges, the pros­e­cu­tion was of the view that as the mat­ter was ini­tially trans­ferred by the learned Mag­is­trate on the charge of money

laun­der­ing the High Court did not have any ju­ris­dic­tion to hear the mat­ter as the ju­ris­dic­tion was from the money laun­der­ing charges.

Mr Vosarogo agreed with the pros­e­cu­tion’s sub­mis­sion. Jus­tice Ra­jas­inghe ad­journed the mat­ter to to­day (Thurs­day) to de­liver his rul­ing.

Both brothers were fur­ther re­manded.

The charges:

Ob­tain­ing prop­erty by de­cep­tion: It is al­leged that the brothers, be­tween De­cem­ber 12 and De­cem­ber 19, 2017, at Suva, by de­cep­tion, dis­hon­estly ob­tained $12,500 from Bank of the South Pa­cific with the in­ten­tion of permanentl­y de­priv­ing BSP of the said amount. At­tempt to ob­tain prop­erty by de­cep­tion: It is al­leged that be­tween De­cem­ber 12 and De­cem­ber 19, 2017, at Suva, both brothers by de­cep­tion at­tempted to dis­hon­estly ob­tain $17,900 from Bank of South Pa­cific, with the in­ten­tion of permanentl­y de­priv­ing the bank of the said amount.

Pos­ses­sion of prop­erty sus­pected of be­ing pro­ceeds of crime: It is al­leged that the brothers, be­tween De­cem­ber 12 and De­cem­ber 19, 2017, at Suva, pos­sessed $203,011 that may rea­son­ably be sus­pected of be­ing pro­ceeds of crime.

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

From left: Lawyer Fil­imoni Vosarogo with clients Loizos Petridis, and Clean­this Petridis out­side the High Court in Suva on Septem­ber 4, 2019.

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