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Judge to visit centre

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

HIGH Court judge Justice Salesi Temo will meet Fiji Corrections Service officers at the Suva Remand Centre to find out how prisoners he ordered held in remand continue to be released into the community.

Tupou Bokadi, who is charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and another of theft, was issued a remand order on March 24 this year by Justice Temo. However, he was released by corrections officers.

Justice Temo asked Mr Bokadi who gave him permission to be released from custody?

Mr Bokadi replied that after some other criminal cases were dismissed by the Magistrates Court, he was released from custody.

"My decision overrides any other decision, especially from the magistrate level.

"The only decision that binds my orders is the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal," Justice Temo said.

"So, when I make an order to put you in remand, not even the Magistrates Court can supersede that.

"I will get to the bottom of this and find out what's the problem — I will find out who is the incompetent person wasting taxpayers money."

The matter called yesterday was to discuss Mr Bokadi's bail application. However, Justice Temo was surprised when informed by the court clerk Mr Bokadi had voluntarily attended court and was not a remand inmate.

"This is becoming a common practice in the system."

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