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Bullet find men walk free

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, March 09, 2018

TWO Lautoka men, who were charged in relation to the discovery of M16 bullets in a yacht last year, walked free after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions filed a nolle prosequi on Tuesday this week.

Naushad Ali and Vijay Singh were free men after renowned Lautoka lawyer Iqbal Khan filed submissions that the prosecutions had no evidence against the two businessmen.

Messrs Ali and Singh had been charged along with another businessman Iyaz Mohammed Musa Umarji.

On January 1, 2017, it was alleged that live M16 assault rifle ammunition were discovered on a boat owned by Mr Umarji.

Mr Ali was charged after being accused of travelling on the boat on the day in question.

Mr Singh was charged because he had repaired the yacht three days before the discovery of the ammunition.

The rounds were discovered after the yacht was re-floated at Vuda Marina after being submerged.

During proceedings at the Lautoka Magistrates Court, Alvin Singh from the ODPP filed a nolle prosequi before Magistrate Mosese Naivalu.

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