Two of the four men who are facing charges of money laundering and selling Class C drugs have pleaded not guilty.
Defence lawyer Norman George entered not
guilty pleas on behalf of his clients Tamarii Teremoana Kaivananga and Philip
At the High Court yesterday, George withdrew
his services as lawyer for the other two men charged; Rutril Enoka and Tepine
The four men were arrested on the morning of
January 28 for supplying/selling cannabis, and charges related to
All four first appeared in Court on January 29
and have been remanded in custody since then.
George said his clients chose to plead not
guilty and have elected a judge and jury trial.
He said he would ask for a separate trial for
his clients and this will be explained to the judge. George further revealed
that he had made a bail application to the Chief Justice but when the Chief
Justice arrives, he would be making further submissions for bail.
Strickland and Kaivananga’s case have been
adjourned to a Judge sitting - a date is to be advised by the court registrar.
The other two accused Enoka and Tama are now
represented by defence lawyer Mark Short.
Short requested for an adjournment to look
into the disclosures.
Enoka and Tama’s case has been adjourned to
Since the arrest of the four, acting
Commissioner of Police Akatauira Matapo has warned that police will continue to
take a strong stand against illicit drugs in the country, and will come down
hard on criminals, who try to gain from supplying narcotics to others.
“There is no tolerance for drug dealing and it
must stop,” Matapo said earlier.
This is the first time, police have applied
charges related to money-laundering, in respect to drug dealing cases.