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Judge lambasts prosecution

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, May 10, 2014

THE High Court in Suva asked the State prosecution to get its act together after Justice Salesi Temo queried who the trial prosecutor was.

State prosecution informed the court that the trial prosecutor was not present, however, another prosecutor was standing in.

The case in question is against Josese Caginiliwawa, Sunia Malewa, Mosese Tauna and Sanaila Naivana whose case is due for trial in a fortnight.

Justice Temo said the court wanted to know what the next course of action for the prosecution would be without having to give another mention date and wait for the trial prosecutor.

He said this showed that the prosecution was in shambles and disorganised.

Justice Temo said this was not the way to treat the public of Fiji.

The prosecution told the court that the trial prosecutor was sick, to which Justice Temo asked for the counsel's medical certificate. He said if the accused (persons) were sick, they were required to present a medical certificate to the Court, and that the prosecutor should do the same.

The next mention date is on May 15.

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