Police working with Interpol to locate accused in Australia
March 2, 2019 6:20 am
The Fiji Police Force is working with Interpol in locating Geeta Anjana Chandar who now resides in Australia – to be brought to Fiji for her court case.
Chandar has been charged with 5 counts of Obtaining Property by Deception and 1 count of Money Laundering in absentia.
It’s alleged that the 31-year-old woman is charged with her sister Seeta Ram from Nasole, Nasinu.
Both Chandar and Ram have been jointly charged with 17 counts of Trafficking in Person.
Meanwhile, Ram is alleged to have facilitated the travel of 17 Fijian citizens who were exploited through slavery and became victims of human trafficking in Auckland, New Zealand and the alleged offence took place in 2014.
The two had been operating a travel agent business from Nina Street, Suva and are alleged to have placed an advertisement in one of the newspapers about employment opportunities in New Zealand.
Ram was not represented in court by a counsel and she informed the court that her counsel does not have the practicing license with her.
High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar has instructed the accused to look for a counsel who can represent her.
Ram told the court that she is now working and needed few changes in her curfew hours.
Her curfew hours have been changed and she can now work past 8pm.
Ram is also charged with 12 counts of Obtaining Property by Deception and 1 Count of Money Laundering.
The case has been transferred to Judge Justice Thusara Rajasinghe’s court.
The case will be re-called on April 23rd.