SIX Fijians serving in the British Army charged with assault have been further remanded in custody.
This after a New York judge Tamiko Amaker refused their bail application, according to UK media Skynews reports.
The six soldiers, who were in New York for a rugby match, are alleged to have been involved in a brawl where claims have been made that they assaulted an off-duty New York policeman.
Corporal Joeli Raduva, 34, Corporal Thomas Shute, 34, Private Mosese Kurulala, 27, Private Iliakini Raderua, 30, Private Felite Vunisarati, 24, and Lance Corporal Iosefo Yavala, 33, face one count each of assault, while Corporal Yavala faces an additional charge of robbery.
It is alleged that an argument broke out between the six British Army soldiers and the policeman after the unidentified officer passed racial remarks about the Fijian soldiers.
Corporal Yavala is alleged to have tried to take the policeman's mobile phone after the injured policeman tried to dial 911.
According to Skynews reports, District Attorney Emily Logue informed the court that the police officer sustained a broken nose, swollen jaw and a number of cuts and bruises during the alleged attack last weekend.
The report states that the six men are likely to spend another two weeks in a notorious Rikers Island jail, which accommodates about 17,000 inmates.
The soldiers will be moved from the Manhattan Court holding cell to the Rikers Island jail while awaiting trial.
If convicted, all six men are likely to face up to a year in jail. Their case has been adjourned to September 17.