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Probe tactics questioned

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

POLICE investigation tactics were questioned by the High Court in Suva yesterday in the case against Josese Rakuita.

Mr Rakuita is charged with possession of illicit drugs and being an accessory after the fact.

Justice Janaka Bandara was informed by the defence counsel, David Toganivalu, that although the court had ordered the police to take Mr Rakuita to hospital on March 14 this year, this was not done until six days later.

The court was told Mr Rakuita spent almost two months in hospital and was released back into police custody on May 8.

The prosecution said this was necessary because police were still carrying out investigations.

Justice Bandara said the practice was highly irregular. He said if the investigation was to do with another case, it would have been alright but it seemed the investigation was to do with the charge faced by Mr Rakuita.

Justice Bandara said if this was the case, then the prosecution had to make the right application.

He said holding Mr Rakuita without the knowledge of the court raised questions about how the case was being handled.

Mr Rakuita has applied for bail and a ruling on the matter will be given next month.








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