TWO men who were involved in importing controlled illicit chemicals have been convicted of the charges against them.
First accused Isikeli Tamani was charged with one count of importing controlled illicit chemicals while his accomplice Amena Araibulu was charged with aiding and abetting.
The three assessors had returned a guilty opinion on Tamani but considered Araibulu not guilty.
However, yesterday Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam overturned the assessors' opinion and found both the accused persons guilty of the charges against them.
Araibulu has been remanded in custody while Tamani was granted bail because of his disability.
On December 30, 2009 Araibulu approved a consignment from China addressed to a Jack Wilson; Araibulu approved the package to be picked up by Tamani fully aware that Tamani was not Jack Wilson.
The chemical known as hydrochloride was found in two bags packed inside a box containing a tricycle.
Tamani's lawyer Isireli Ramanu and Legal Aid Commission lawyer Seremaia Waqainabete, who represented Araibulu, will present mitigation while DPP lawyer Josaia Niudamu will present sentencing submissions.
The matter will be called again today.