Fiji Time: 9:29 PM on Wednesday 18 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Counsel withdraws services

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, February 15, 2014

ASERI Vakaloloma, the lawyer representing a man charged with murder, told the High Court in Suva yesterday people were reluctant to come forward to act as interpreters.

He said it was because of claims that the act allegedly committed by his client was an assassination.

Mr Vakaloloma's client Yang Xian Jong is charged with one count of murder.

Mr Vakaloloma told the court he had not been able to find a Chinese person willing to go to prison with him to interpret for his client.

He said everybody he had talked to was scared and claimed the case was one of assassination.

Mr Vakaloloma said communication wasn't taking place and he had no instructions from the accused, therefore he was withdrawing as counsel. The court asked Mr Vakaloloma if he had been paid. He replied that he hadn't.

Mr Yang then handed a letter written in Chinese to the court interpreter. The court was informed the accused wanted representation from the Legal Aid Commission as he could not afford a lawyer.

The court was also informed Mr Yang wanted his airline ticket refunded as well. The court allowed Mr Vakaloloma to withdraw as counsel.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62160.6026
JPY 56.252053.2520
GBP 0.37470.3667
EUR 0.42150.4095
NZD 0.69810.6651
AUD 0.63540.6104
USD 0.49790.4809

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 17th, October, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Not so sweet Diwali — NFP
  2. $5 wage rate
  3. Claimant cries foul over title
  4. No arms yet
  5. Players test positive
  6. Fiji man jailed to life for wife's death
  7. PM urges delegates to think of the future
  8. FTUC to stage protest march
  9. Chute wins global award
  10. 'Vital' canteen inspections

Top Stories this Week

  1. Man allegedly hit by bulldozer blade, dead Tuesday (17 Oct)
  2. Final in mind Monday (16 Oct)
  3. 30 officers dismissed from force Friday (13 Oct)
  4. 'Hell on Earth' Thursday (12 Oct)
  5. $8m drugs seized Friday (13 Oct)
  6. Faith, a true survivor against all odds Tuesday (17 Oct)
  7. Villagers pass around eTransport card Monday (16 Oct)
  8. Plans for Bati Sunday (15 Oct)
  9. Unsolved mystery of MV Joyita Sunday (15 Oct)
  10. Fijian overstayers Thursday (12 Oct)