Process unlawful, says lawyer

Samuela Waqa after he appeared at the Suva Magistrate Court last week. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE lawyer of a man who was allegedly found in possession of 22 live ammunition, yesterday informed the High Court that the process in which his client was brought to court was unlawful.

Samuela Waqa, who was charged with unlawful possession of ammunition, appeared before High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe.

Mr Waqa’s lawyer Iqbal Khan said his client was in police custody and was produced in court after seven days.

Mr Khan said the magistrate who granted the extension for his client to be kept in custody does not have any legal jurisdiction to grant the order.

He is also opposing the decision made by the magistrate who refused bail for his client when the matter was called last Thursday.

The State also agreed to Mr Khan’s submission and they have sought time to file their response.

Mr Waqa has been further remanded in custody and will reappear in court on Friday.