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Foster wants passport

Shalveen Chand
Friday, May 09, 2014

FUGITIVE from Fiji, Australian Peter Foster made an application yesterday for the return of his passports.

His lawyer Barbara Malimali made the application before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday.

Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Michael Delaney told the court Mr Foster was someone wanted by other jurisdictions apart from Fiji. He said he would need time to consult and file the reply.

The court has allowed Mr Delaney six weeks to respond and an additional two weeks for the defence to reply.

Hearing for the matter will take place on August 1. In January, the DPP's Office withdrew the charges against Mr Foster but have asked the court not to release the travel documents because the accused absconded from the law.

The DPP, Christopher Pryde, said he was at liberty to reinstate these charges in the future.

"The charges were not dismissed and Mr Foster has not been acquitted. The reason we withdrew the charges is because he fled the jurisdiction," he said.

"He remains on the watch list and will be arrested once he returns to Fiji and recharged."

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