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Counsels object to transfer

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, February 14, 2013

THE Suva Magistrates Court will review the application made by the State against two prisoners, who allegedly escaped from Naboro Prison last September, to the high court.

Isoa Waqa and Solomoni Qurai are charged with damaging property, criminal intimidation and resisting arrest. Waqa is also charged with theft.

They allegedly broke out of the Naboro Prison on September 17. They are each charged with a count of damaging property.

They appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili and provided the court with their medical reports.

Representing Mr Waqa, Legal Aid Commission lawyer Seremaia Waqainabete objected the application for transfer.

Mr Qurai's counsel Jeremaia Savou reiterated the objection.

Mr Waqainabete told the court the matter was a summary offence as stated in the criminal decrees, which was only eligible to be contested in the magistrate courts.

"This is just a summary offence and could not be transferred to the High Court," Mr Waqainabete said.