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Court allows man to travel

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A BUSINESSMAN has been allowed to travel to Vanuatu after his application for bail variation was accepted by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Billy Chen appeared on a charge of gaming without a licence before Magistrate Sufia Hamza.

He made an application for his bail condition to be varied so he could travel to Vanuatu for a week.

As part of his application, Mr Chen told the court he would provide two sureties who would surrender their passports to court.

Mr Chen also agreed to pay a bond.

State prosecution told the court they didn't object to the variation but wanted two suitable sureties to be put on a surety bail of $2000 each.

The prosecution said they wanted Mr Chen to pay a $500 bond as well.

Mr Chen's initial surety of his wife and sister were not accepted by the court.

He was told his spouse could not be a surety in this matter.

After the court was stood down, Mr Chen returned with his sister and brother-in-law as surety, which was accepted by the court.

Mr Chen's passport was released by the court and he was ordered to pay the $500 bond.

The court ordered Mr Chen to return the passport by March 3 before 10am and his case would be called an hour later.

Mr Chen had also applied for variation in another magistrates court where he is charged with unlawful possession of ammunition.

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