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Farmer testifies in court

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A SEAWEED farmer in Savusavu testified through Skype in the High Court at Suva yesterday in the human trafficking trial involving four Asians.

Known only as Mark, the Chinese businessman told judge Justice Paul Madigan that he had received a call from the second accused Lum Bing three to four days after his arrival into the country requesting information regarding seaweed and that he would like to purchase some seaweed.

Before Mark was called to testify in court, the third accused Zhang Yong was in the witness box being cross-examined and told the court that he had paid for the meals and hotel rooms for the first and second accused and the three Thai women.

The court heard that this was on the condition that a man named Ah-Ma who was in Savusavu would reimburse him for all that was spent on the second accused Lum Bing and a man named Allan who resides in Thailand would pay for the first accused Phanat Laojindamanee and the three Thai women.

In a cross-examination by Suva lawyer Isireli Fa, who is representing Mr Bing, Mark said Mr Bing, had spent one whole day and one night with him in Savusavu and that Mr Bing had booked a hotel room at the Hot Springs Hotel in Savusavu and had paid for his own hotel room and travelling expenses.


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