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Lawyers want acquittal

Nasik Swami
Thursday, December 13, 2012

LAWYERS for four Asian nationals charged with human trafficking requested the assessors to find their clients not guilty and acquit them.

They asked the assessors to note that the court did not have enough evidence in relation to the charges their clients were facing.

The accused are Thailand national Phanat Laojindamanee, Hong Kong national Lum Bing and two Chinese men Zhang Yong and Jason Zong.

They are alleged to have been involved in trafficking three Thai women who arrived in the country on September 7 and were later taken from their room at the Peninsula International Hotel by Immigration officials on September 11.

The court heard the women arrived with Mr Laojindamanee and Mr Bing.

It is alleged the women were to work as masseuses.

It is also alleged the women were expected to offer sexual services in exchange for money.

The women, Mr Laojindamanee and Mr Bing were allegedly received by Zhang Yong at Nadi from where Mr Yong transported them to Suva in a hired van.

It was while they were allegedly visiting massage parlours in Suva that the group was joined by Jason Zong.