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Sabotage claim in case

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

THE High Court in Suva has labelled the actions of the Corrections Service as deliberate sabotage after being informed by the State prosecution that an accused awaiting trial in Suva was transferred to Labasa Corrections Centre without reason.

Justice Salesi Temo said the accused, Anare Tuilau, was the son of a high ranking prison officer who was charged with robbery with violence in 2008 and first appeared before Justice Temo in September 2009.

Justice Temo said the accused was on remand and was transferred to Labasa just before trial on November 30 in 2009.

Justice Temo said it was possible to infer that there were people not wanting the trial to go ahead.

Justice Temo told the State prosecution to find out who approved the transfer to Labasa prison and check if the accused was in prison or not.

"I want you to find out the person responsible for trying to jeopardise this case. This case has been sabotaged," he said.

"This person has been avoiding the trial for such a long time.

"The judiciary trusts the prison authority and the police to bring accused people to court. This action suggests deliberate sabotage."

He told the State prosecution that if Mr Tuilau was not brought to court then there could be a ten-year wait before a trial could be arranged again.

Orders were made to get the head of the Korovou Prison to court next Monday along with the person who signed the transfer papers for Mr Tuilau. Justice Temo said if he found that there was a deliberate attempt to keep the accused away from court then the people responsible would be held in contempt of court and he would order them be sent to prison.





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