State has strong case in drug case involving Canadian national

Joshua Aziz Rahman outside the High Court in Suva in one of his earlier appearances. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FT FILE

A 24-YEAR-OLD man charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs appeared before High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar in Suva today.

Canadian national Joshua Aziz Rahman is alleged to have, without lawful authority, had in his possession 39.5kilograms of cocaine on February 14, 2019, in Caubati.

While delivering his bail judgment, Justice Goundar said the State had a strong potential case against the accused.

He said the State had objected to Mr Rahman’s bail since they submitted that there was a likelihood of the accused absconding bail and the matter was of public interest.

Representing the State, Assistant Directors of Public Prosecutions Dr Andrew Jack sought 14 days time to prepare the agreed facts.

Dr Jack said the State would be relying on the caution interview and they were still waiting for the video recording of the interview.

Defence lawyer Ashniel Nadan said they might make necessary applications but this depended on the content of the video caution interview.

Justice Goundar has remanded the accused.

The case has been adjourned to April 30 for a pre-trial conference.

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