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Man claims assault

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A MAN charged with the abduction of a young girl has made claims in the Suva Magistrates Court that he was assaulted by a police officer while in custody.

Mohammed Zuber Ali is alleged to have abducted a young woman.

Mr Ali fronted the court yesterday and told Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili that he was assaulted and proceeded to give the batch number of the officer concerned.

He was told to make a complaint to the police.

Mr Ali appeared shaken as he entered the dock.

The man was brought before the court yesterday to set a trial date and when the court enquired if there were any issues relating to the caution interview, the prosecution said there were none.

Mr Ali, who pleaded not guilty, told the court he did not dispute the caution interview.

He said he agreed that he made confessions in his caution interview.

When asked if he was going to change his plea Mr Ali said he would.

The court was also informed that Mr Ali was formerly represented by the Legal Aid Commission but since he had absconded bail, he was unrepresented.

The prosecution told the court that they also did not have the summary of facts.

Mr Ali was remanded until Friday and prosecution told to come prepared with the facts.

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