A LAWYER has asked the High Court if her client could be excused from the next mention date of his case because his employers did not give him time to attend his court hearings.
Barbara Malimali told Justice Paul Madigan that her client. Mohammed Sheefaz Sagaitu worked as a machinist in a garment factory in Nadawa and had to pull a "sickie" last week to appear in court because he was not allowed time off.
"Since the next mention date is only to sort out the trial date, I am asking that my client be excused," she said.
"He might not be employed by tomorrow as he had to pull a sickie today to attend this case.
"Today marks the end of his three months' probation."
Justice Madigan has agreed to the request.
In other matters, Ms Malimali said the defence would not challenge Mr Sagaitu's caution interview but would be interviewing the police officers who conducted the interview.
Mr Sagaitu is alleged to have trafficked two girls aged 16 and 17 between Nadi and Suva on June 1 and October 31 last year.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is jointly charged with his alleged accomplice Inoke Raikadroka. The matter has been adjourned to November 28.