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Legal aid for accused

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A MAN charged with a count of murder, one of attempted murder and another of act with intent to cause grievous harm has told the High Court in Suva yesterday he has no money to pay for a lawyer.

Joeli Masidola is alleged to have killed Jone Nabaisila and injured two women in Nepani last month.

The court asked Mr Masidola if he had money to pay for a private counsel. He was told private law firms charged as much as $10,000 for murder trials.

Mr Masidola said he would choose to be represented by the Legal Aid Commission.

The prosecution told the court it would need more time to file more information and disclosures.

Mr Masidola also informed the court that he had yet to be served with disclosures. March 27 has been set as the next court date.

Mr Masidola was told when the prosecution filed the information and disclosures, the court would order the police to take him to the Legal Aid office to file his application.

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