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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Village laws

THE Itaukei Affairs Board has prepared an amended draft on proposed village by-laws incorporating provincial submissions. A workshop next month will update government departments and NGOs on this issue. Draft by-laws with recommendations from the provinces will be sent to workshop participants.

Climate talk

CHURCH ministers must be educated on climate change, according to USP student Shaiza Janif: "We need to educate our ministers and not turn this into an agenda," she said. Earlier in the week, the conference heard that the ministers had blamed homosexuals for climate change in Samoa.

Small traders

SMALL businesses need the contribution from external directors, says Morris Namoga, a Phd student from James Cook University. He told the regional conference on small business at the USP, external directors advised and counselled for the proper managing of small businesses. "External directors should monitor owner managers, on behalf of non-involved family members.bers.".....................

Find lawyer

A MAN charged with the attempted murder of his de facto partner in 2007 has until next month to look for a new lawyer. Sachindra Sharma's lawyer Iqbal Khan withdrew yesterday saying instructions from his client were lacking. Sharma was told the trial date set for October 25 would not be vacated and he had to get a lawyer or represent himself.

$5000 bail

A TRUCK driver charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and failing to stop after an accident was granted bail by the Suva Magistrates Court. Krishnan Prakash had surrendered to police early in the week after the alleged fatal accident in Navua last Saturday. The court granted him $5000 bail and ordered him to report to the nearest police station.

Case moved

A MAN who allegedly put another man in hospital after assaulting him has had his case transferred to the Nausori Magistrates Court. The High Court ruled the complainant's injuries were not life threatening. Vishwa Naidu told the court he had no objection to the case being transferred to the lower court.

Lawyer lectured

A LAWYER who told the High Court in Suva that he was representing the complainant in a case was told that he had no voice in the court as court procedure only required the defence and prosecution counsels. Nittu Lal, a carpenter earning $100 a week, was granted bail by the High Court. He was bailed on $200 cash bail, a surety and ordered to report to the closest police station once a week.


STATE prosecution has been told to amend charges after two men pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery but denied taking any money. The two accused admitted assaulting the complainant and taking his wallet and returning it to him because there was no money in it. The case will be called again on Tuesday to look at amended charges and rule on bail.

Extradition fight

A FIJI man fighting extradition to America for alleged money laundering offences in the state of Nevada will front court again next week so a new date can be set for the defence to present witnesses. Prosecutor Ana Tuiketei made an application for the matter to be called when a permanent magistrate is in so he can make a decision on the trial and have the matter resolved by the end of the year.

Term matter

A YOUTH who was handed a mixed sentence ù half his term suspended and the other half to be served in jail ù has been given until next week to reply to State submissions. The State wants the whole sentence served in prison. Manasa Tuidamu said he would need time to reply to the application. The case will be called in the High Court next Tuesday.

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