Murder suspect makes his first appearance in High Court

Rusiate Sogotubu Raiwalui leaves the Suva High Court after his case. Picture: VISHAAL KUMAR/FILE

A MAN  charged with the murder of a New Zealand businessman  made his first appearance at the High Court in Suva today.

Rusiate Sogotubu Raiwalui who is charged with one count of murder appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar.

It is alleged  the suspect on May 8, 2019 at Qeleya Road in Lami murdered Ashkan Rikthegazader, who was found dead with multiple stab wounds outside the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva on the same day.

State lawyer, Mezabeen Khan sought 21 days’ time to file information and disclosures.

Justice Goundar remanded the man in custody.

The case has been adjourned to June 25, for plea.

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