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Man in court for blackmail

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A MAN who allegedly blackmailed a woman by demanding cash in exchange for not posting her nude pictures and videos on Facebook has been allowed bail.

Kirtesh Kumar, 28, was charged with a count of trafficking obscene publications, another of criminal intimidation and one of attempting to obtain a financial advantage.

It is alleged that in October last year, Mr Kumar managed to obtain nude pictures and videos of the victim and threatened to post them to her immediate family members if she didn't pay him $4000.

Mr Kumar was brought to court by the police and a bail application was made by the defence counsel.

The police prosecution said they would object to bail as the offence was serious.

Bail, however, was allowed on condition that Mr Kumar provide two sureties and surrender his travel documents to the court.

Mr Kumar must return to court today with his travel documents.

As part of his bail conditions, he has to report to the Nadi Police Station once a week and not interfere with witnesses.


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