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High Court judge transfers case

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, November 17, 2012

THE fifth recaptured escapee Epeli Qaraniqio who was charged with 12 counts of robbery-related offences appeared at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Qaraniqio, whose leg was amputated, is one of five prisoners who escaped the Naboro Medium Facility in September.

He had to be admitted to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital for medical care for injuries he allegedly suffered when he was apprehended by members of the disciplined forces.

He failed to appear with the other recaptured escapees Tevita Sugu, Josaia Usumaki, Solomoni Qurai and Isoa Waqa because of his medical condition.

Yesterday, members of the public watched Qaraniqio being escorted to court by police officers.

In court, Qaraniqio informed judge Justice Paul Madigan that he wanted to seek the services of a lawyer.

The court agreed saying that Qaraniqio's case would need to be transferred to Justice Salesi Temo.

Justice Madigan also ordered that Qaraniqio be taken back to Totogo Police Station because of his health status.

Qaraniqio is charged with five counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of damaging property, one count of criminal intimidation, resisting arrest and aggravated burglary.

The case has been adjourned to February 18 before Justice Temo for mention.


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