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Padarath granted bail

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, February 14, 2013

SUVA businessman Benjamin Padarath was granted bail at Lautoka Magistrates Court yesterday.

The case was called before Magistrate Janaka Bandara regarding the mention for extension of production order.

FICAC prosecutor Kitione Waqavonovono informed the court that Mr Padarath was released on bail at the Suva court on his FICAC charges and that he had also been granted bail from the Lautoka Magistrates Court.

Mr Waqavonovono also stated that the voir dire is scheduled for February 18 to 22, beginning next week Monday.

He also confirmed that there was an overseas witness who would be arriving this week for the voir dire.

The court heard FICAC was not a party to the matter that Mr Padarath had in Lautoka.

Mr Padarath is charged with attempting to stow away on a ship.

He is alleged to have boarded the New Caledonia-bound Rio Thelon without the consent of the Ports Authority or the vessel owner.


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