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Lawyer told trial to go ahead

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

THE defence counsel of a man charged with rape has been told trial will start today.

Michael Fesaitu told the court he had been working on the case over the past fortnight and needed time to prepare.

His client Mohammed Mustafa Hakim is charged with one count of rape.

Justice Janaka Bandara told the court the accused had been in remand for eight months and he wanted to give the case priority.

He said there were only four witnesses in the case and the trial could be completed by the end of the week.

Justice Bandara asked Mr Fesaitu if he was having problems with his client, adding the accused had issues with the past two counsels.

Mr Fesaitu replied the accused was unhappy with the disclosures given to him, saying they were not originals.

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