Fiji Time: 11:37 PM on Monday 30 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62770.6087
JPY 58.245555.2455
GBP 0.31180.3038
EUR 0.44300.4310
NZD 0.72440.6914
AUD 0.65530.6303
USD 0.47160.4546



Exchange Rate updated on 30th November 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Bomb threat
  2. Students drown, three dead over the weekend
  3. Terror attack survey ranks Fiji 11th out of 21
  4. Police chief refutes report
  5. Fury takes over titles
  6. Expect changes next year, says Kumar
  7. Event a success
  8. Hazelman makes top 16 in dance and costume
  9. Hazelman among top 10 in best Costume, Dances of world category
  10. Police upgrade stations to improve operations

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. 8 years for raping man Tuesday (24 Nov)
  4. Bomb threat Monday (30 Nov)
  5. MV Suilven sinks in Suva Harbour Tuesday (24 Nov)
  6. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  7. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  8. Sevens hurdle Tuesday (24 Nov)
  9. Father of two sent to prison Wednesday (25 Nov)
  10. Prasad, Reddy at odds Tuesday (24 Nov)