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Local singer provides surety for Aussie conman

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Vude queen Laisa Vulakoro provided a $5000 surety for international conman Peter Foster after the Suva court granted him bail yesterday.

One of the conditions set by the court was for Foster to be under house arrest at the JJ's on the Park, in central Suva, under 24-hour police security.

Magistrate John Semisi read out the handwritten list of bail conditions agreed to by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the defence yesterday afternoon.

Foster had to tell the court if he changed his address, appear for all court dates and his passport was to be surrendered to the Australian High Commission.

Ms Vulakoro was not present in court when bail conditions were read out, but defence lawyer Mehboob Raza assured the court she was on her way.

Mr Semisi said Foster was only to be released after Ms Vulakoro signed the necessary documents.

Ms Vulakoro appeared 10 minutes later.

Just before Mr Semisi gave his ruling on bail, DPP lawyer Andie Driu asked leave of the court to have some documents submitted as part of their submissions on the bail application by Foster, saying they were relevant as Foster posed a flight risk.

She told the court they had received the information on Tuesday night from the Australian Federal Police.

But Mr Semisi said it was a bit late and she could raise the application again when the case was called for mention today.

Foster faces a count each of forgery, uttering forged documents and obtaining a work permit on forged documents.


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