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Remand bid fails

Shalveen Chand
Friday, August 20, 2010

THE State's application to remand Rewa's paramount chief Ro Teimumu Kepa was denied by the Magistratesw Court in Suva yesterday after a fiery war of words between prosecution and defence.

State prosecutor Nanise Ratakele made application for the court to either remand Kepa or make necessary orders for violating bail conditions.

Ms Ratakele said Kepa had made bail variations for travel to the United States in November of last year and was due to be back in December, however she travelled in July of this year.

Defence lawyer Vani Ravono argued that Kepa's travel plans changed because the meeting never eventuated.

Ms Ratakele said in the affidavit submitted by the accused, travel dates were clarified. She said Kepa had not returned her passport to the court.

Ms Ravono told the court that Kepa had only returned two days ago and was in court to surrender her passport.

Magistrate Thushara Rajasinghe said the orders made by former Magistrate Eparama Rokoika did not specify a date of travel and it was not for him to question the orders.

Rewa and Burebasaga's paramount chief was initially charged with conspiracy to disobey a direct order.

She is alleged to have tried to organise meetings of the Methodist Church in Fiji in her home province despite an order by the State not to.





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