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Asian murder suspects remanded in custody

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, February 09, 2013

SIX Asian nationals implicated in the murder of a local businessman have been further remanded in custody.

The six appeared at the High Court in Suva yesterday afternoon without their interpreter.

The accused are Yang Xiu Qi, Hu Jian Zhan, Bill Hao, Liu Chuan Wei, Veng Seong Tam and Dai Jian who have each been charged with a count of murder.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) lawyer Mosese Korovou said 40 witnesses would be present during the trial.

He said they had coloured photographs and a result of the post mortem examination. He said he was 50 to 60 per cent ready for the trial.

The six were earlier denied bail because of the nature of their alleged offence.

The court heard that Mr Qi and Mr Zhan were allegedly assaulted by police officers.

Justice Temo said those officers implicated should be present in court during trial.

It was also heard that the qualification and experience of their interpreter should be fully investigated and proved.

The men are charged with the murder of Suva businessman Robert Fong.

Fong was murdered in the early hours of April 8 as he was getting into his vehicle near a service station on Suva's Victoria Parade.

Justice Temo said they could not continue with the proceeding if the interpreter was not present in court. The case has been adjourned to February 13 for a pre-trial conference.





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