THE High Court in Lautoka has released on $50,000 bail a pilot facing charges related to the recent fatal shooting of his nephew in Sabeto, Nadi.
Mohammed Rizwan Khan was charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of contravening the Arms and Ammunition Act.
Judge Justice Sitambarampillai Thurairaja accepted a bail application on the condition that four sureties were produced together with the payment of $50,000.
Mr Khan's nephew Mohammed Khubayb Salman Khan was killed when a 12-gauge marlin goose rifle discharged a bullet by accident on January 26.
Justice Thurairaja said in his bail ruling, the accused stated that he worked as a pilot, his wife had given birth to a child on December 24 last year, he was a first offender and he also supported his grandparents who lived with him. He said the accused was released on bail subsequent to Section 3(1) of the Bail Act that states "every accused person has a right to be released on bail unless it is not in the interests of justice that bail should be granted".
Justice Thurairaja said the bail applicant was a pilot and according to his affidavit, he flew domestic and international flights.
He said he presumed that the State had considered all information provided and decided not to object to the bail application.
He ordered Mr Khan report to the Lautoka Police Station on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and not handle firearms of any nature.
Restraining orders have been placed on the accused disallowing him from going anywhere near one kilometre of the site of the alleged incident and to the home of any prosecution witness.
Justice Thurairaja said if any of conditions were violated, bail would be revoked forthwith.