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Court grants Padarath bail

Ropate Valemei
Monday, February 11, 2013

CHIEF Justice Anthony Gates granted Benjamin Padarath bail last week in the FICAC matter before the Suva Magistrates Court.

Chief Justice Gates made this decision after reviewing the matters before the Magistrate Courts.

Mr Padarath is charged for the offences of forgery and giving false information to a public servant.

The court heard his initial bail bonds were cancelled as a result of his attempted stowaway.

He subsequently made two bail applications before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili on the forgery case and another before Magistrate Janaka Bandara in the other case.

Magistrate Bandara denied Mr Padarath's bail application while Magistrate Ropate Mataitini, who appeared on Magistrate Ratuvili's behalf, granted him bail.

Justice Gates stated that the Suva Magistrate knew of the stowaway charge before he granted bail on December 6 last year on the forgery charge.

He said it was without a doubt that Mr Padarath was a flight risk and the stowaway charge was sufficient indication and manifestation of that.

However, he also noted that in his affidavit, Mr Padarath had offered two sureties and a draft of strict bail conditions, which he was prepared to undergo.

The court heard the new bail conditions required Padarath to be bailed on his own cash bond of $5000 with two sureties.

Mr Padarath is to reside at a given address and not change the address without the prior leave of the court or the Deputy Commissioner or his delegate of FICAC, remain at his residence in curfew daily from 7pm to 6am, and to report to the FICAC Office daily between 6am to 4pm.

He is not to travel overseas or to visit any airport or port of entry or to travel in any boat or plane and to surrender any passport held to the court.


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