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Favour for friend lands accused in court

Mere Naleba
Friday, December 07, 2012

THE third accused person in the human trafficking trial before High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan testified in court yesterday that he was only with the three Thai women and the first and second accused because he was doing a friend a favour.

Zhang Yong said he had received a call from a man named Allan who asked him to meet four Thai people at Nadi Airport.

He said he knew Allan through a Chinese friend who was well acquainted with Allan. He said Allan told him that of the four people to expect, one was a man and the man was in charge of the group. He said after the group arrived in Fiji, that man introduced himself as Mr Liew; he later found out that Mr Liew was in fact the first accused Phanat Laojindamanee.

Mr Yong said it was during their meeting at the airport with the four people that he saw another man travelling with the group and he recognised the man as the second accused Mr Lum Bing.

"I then asked him (Lum Bing) how come you came together? And he told me that he had met them at the airport in Thailand," Mr Yong said.

He said he had called the fourth accused, Jason Zong, while they were approaching Suva on their way from Nadi to book them in a VIP room at Fong Lee's Restaurant and that he would pay for the meals once they arrived in Suva.

He said because he could not understand the language the four people were speaking, he asked Mr Zong to be the interpreter.

Mr Yong said after their lunch meeting, the group proceeded to Holiday Inn where they spent a night before moving to his house at Laucala Beach for two nights and then to the Peninsula Hotel.

He said while the group was in Fiji, they visited several massage parlours because they had plans of buying a massage parlour to start their business. The trial recommences on Monday before Justice Madigan.


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