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Padarath in FICAC custody

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, January 31, 2013

A SUVA businessman was further remanded in custody yesterday to allow further time for the court to make a decision on his bail ruling.

Ben Padarath appeared at the High Court in Suva on a count of providing false information to a public servant.

He is alleged to have given information he knew to be false via text messages to the Director of Immigration Fiji Nemani Vuniwaqa on January 23 last year.

Mr Paradath's lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo submitted that the client would be under a strict bail condition.

Mr Vosarogo told the court that Mr Padarath would secure a place in Suva and report to the FICAC office daily from 7pm to 6am.

"He would be offered a very stringent condition to keep the court in mind that he would turn up to court for his proceedings," he said.

He said it was hard to communicate with his client because he was in Lautoka.

He added his client had two cases in the Suva Magistrates Court and one at the Lautoka Magistrates Court.

FICAC lawyer Vincent Perera submitted that they had evidence from Mr Vuniwaqa that he gave false information to a public servant.

Mr Perera said they had relied on a few elements for the offence.

Justice Paul Madigan said he needed further time to deliver his ruling on the petition for bail.

The ruling has been adjourned to February 6.


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